THIS weekend’s show promises to be one of the most tense musical showdowns to date as the series celebrates 10 years of X Factor.
The remaining finalists will be celebrating the, ahem, ‘best of X Factor’, from the most memorable performances on the show, to hit singles released by past contestants.
Our sources tell that Nicole Scherzinger has spent most of the week up at the house, drilling lyrics into the head of her protegee Tamera Foster.
The 16-year-old embarrassingly forgot the words during last week’s performance, and is desperate to improve this time around.
“Nicole has been on her all week at rehearsals,” our mole revealed. “She knows that Impossible (James Arthur’s tune) is a difficult enough song to sing if you know the words so she has her studying the lyrics every day. If she messes up again this weekend there is a strong chance she will end up in the bottom two. Nicole isn’t ready to lose her just yet.”
It has been a tough week as well for Sam Bailey who has the unenviable task of bettering Leona Lewis’s number one track Bleeding Love.
Our sources reveal that Sam has broken down several times this week at rehearsals and is having trouble reaching the high notes that made Leona a star.
Sam Skyped mentor Sharon Osbourne this week and begged her to help out. In true Mrs O fashion, she sent her private jet to pick up Leona Lewis in America and flew her to London for some one-on-one sessions.
“Sam may be the bookies’ favourite to win the show but she has the toughest song to sing. When she couldn’t nail the song she called her mentor who jumped into action. Within 24 hours, Leona walked through the doors of the contestants’ house and gave her a master class. It has turned everything around for Sam, who was really struggling.”
It is going to be a bumper performance week at Fountain Studios where One Direction, Jessie J, Mary J Blige, Olly Murs and JLS will appear this weekend.
The One Direction ensemble was pre-recorded last week so they will be the only group who won’t play live.
So the million pound question this week is who will go?
If dress rehearsals are anything to go by Nicholas, Rough Copy and Sam are safe, both breezing through their final run throughts on Thursday.
Tamera is still relatively uncomfortable with her song, as is Luke. And while Hannah has nailed her song, Paddy Power has her at 8/11 to get the chop and it looks like a safe bet. We have a sneaky feeling Hannah will be in the bottom two with Rough Copy and will ultimately be voted off ahead of the group.
We also reckon it could be the first week that we face a deadlock and go to the public vote.