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X Factor hopeful Ben Haenow: 'Simon Cowell doesn't have favourite'


X Factor hopeful Ben Haenow insisted Simon Cowell does not have a "favourite" on the show as they visited the singer's home town to drum up support ahead of this weekend's eagerly anticipated final.

Hundreds of people braved the cold and wet weather in Croydon, south London, to watch the 28-year-old perform on stage after he was introduced by his mentor Cowell.

Fellow finalist Fleur East, who is also in Cowell's over-25s category, has received high praise from the music mogul who described her performance last Saturday as "one of the top three performances" in X Factor history.

But Haenow said Cowell had offered "priceless" advice to him and the show judge was "confident" in both of his acts.

"I don't think he's biased," he said.


"I don't think he'd have a favourite there. I think he's just got two of us through and two people who have worked so hard really beforehand trying to make it in the music industry."

Haenow performed his version of Come Together by The Beatles and John Lennon's Jealous Guy in front of his home town supporters. Cowell (inset) told the audience beforehand that Haenow was "representing Croydon" before bringing on stage the contestant's mother and grandmother.

The third finalist, Italian singer Andrea Faustini, took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall during a Christmas concert in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The 20-year-old, who was introduced by his mentor Mel B, performed his rendition of Hero by Mariah Carey.

East performed at her own homecoming gig last night in in Walthamstow.