Saturday 16 December 2017

X Factor finalists ready for 'life-changing' show

The X Factor finalist pictured with judges and the show's host Dermot O'Leary
The X Factor finalist pictured with judges and the show's host Dermot O'Leary

The X Factor finalists faced the press one last time alongside their mentors before the weekend's showdown at Wembley Arena.

The three finalists, Marcus Collins, Amelia Lily and Little Mix, tried to explain why they think they deserve to win The X Factor final on Saturday.

Standing behind judge Gary Barlow, Marcus Collins said that winning the competition would be "life-changing for myself and my family."

He added that he had "tried to be consistent" throughout the competition and that he had "grown" as a singer.

Amelia Lily, who was reinstated in the competition after the departure of contestant Frankie Cocozza, said that it had been her "ambition to get to the final".

"I've got enough determination to hopefully win it," she said.

Girl group Little Mix, who originally entered the competition as soloists before being made into a group, said that it would be "lovely" to win because a group has never won the competition.

It was also revealed that The X Factor finalists are teaming up with their mentors on stage this weekend for the final.

Kelly Rowland and Amelia Lily will duet on the soul classic River Deep - Mountain High, while Tulisa and Little Mix will perform Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You and Empire State Of Mind.

Gary Barlow said that he had planned the duet of Billy Joel's She's Always A Woman so finalist Marcus Collins would get the limelight.

This year's competition will end with performances by Coldplay, Leona Lewis, JLS and One Direction.

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