X Factor contestants to perform with own mentors

In an unexpected twist, it has been reported that the JUDGES will duet with their own acts on Saturday night’s show.

The news comes after the beleaguered show’s production team failed to secure the big-name artists previously featured in the highly-anticipated finals.

So now it has been left to judges Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos, who will all take the stage this weekend at Wembley Arena to perform with the finalists.

The pressure is on: Tulisa and her fellow judges will perform alongside their acts in this weekend's live X Factor final

A show source said: ‘Once Louis Walsh’s acts were eliminated it became clear the three judges with acts left were all current singers.’

‘It’s going to be more pressured than ever. The acts will be singing in front of 10,000 people – and with their mentors,’ a source told the Sun.

The judges will be nervous as well because the song could be the difference between winning and losing.

‘And on top of that, Simon Cowell will be watching from LA. So the judges are almost auditioning for their places on next year’s show as well,’ the source added.

According to the Sun, Coldplay agreed to perform on the final, but declined a duet with one of the acts.

And due to continued problems with her throat singer Adele who is at present recovering from surgery has now been forced to pull out of the show.

Kelly and Amelia will perform the rousing number River Deep, Mountain High, while N-Dubz star Tulisa will duet on a mash-up of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You and Empire State Of Mind with Little Mix.

The pressure is on: Because Simon Cowell will be watching from LA, the final may prove something of an audition for the judges for next year's show

At an X Factor press conference yesterday, Gary and Marcus confirmed that they will be performing the Billy Joel classic, More Than A Woman.

Louis Walsh will sit it out, amidst rumours that the X Factor bosses cooked up the plan only after the music manager’s last act was voted out.

But judge Gary also suggested a song for fellow judge Louis, saying he could sing I Will Survive.

Tulisa has promised to become a ‘member of Little Mix’ on the night.

‘A group has never won this competition, especially not a girl group even getting this far in the competition,’ she said.

‘I’m the youngest judge, it’s my first year and I want to change X Factor history with these little muffins behind me.’

Gary Barlow meanwhile has promised an ’emotional evening’ when he joins Marcus Collins to perform the Billy Joel song Always a Woman.

The Take That star declared that the final acts were the ones who ‘had grown the most’ throughout the competition.

‘I think they have all moved on incredibly well through the competition and that’s why they are here now,’ he said.

Dermot O’Leary, the host of the hit ITV1 show, said it was impossible to pick a winner.

‘It’s my first year when we’re going into the final and we don’t really know who the favourite is,’ the host admitted.



X Factor fans have been told via a message on the show’s website they will not be able to vote by text for this weekend’s final.

Text votes returned to the show only two months ago after an absence of several years.

The 35p-a-time text option has been suspended due to the shorter cut-off period for votes, meaning any delays on mobile networks could entail thousands of wasted messages.

Text voting was suspended in 2007 after a number of problems, but it returned in October and has been in place since then.

X Factor bosses explained: ‘Because The X Factor final includes a vote ‘freeze’ and therefore a shorter vote period, it is not possible for text voting to be offered, as delays can be experienced within the mobile networks at busy times which could result in text votes not being received within the period the vote is open.’

During the 2005 X Factor final, 13.9% of votes cast by red button and text arrived too late to be included, although it did not affect the outcome of the show.

A 2007 report by auditors Deloitte found ‘serious technical issues’ with red button and text voting in a number of ITV shows.