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Series 9 - Episode 20
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By my reckoning we should be down to the final four acts now, although as a result of the surprise departure of Lucy Spraggan in the early rounds plus the tendency of X Factor to move the goalposts occasionally, this may not be the case. And any certainty about which acts will make it to this stage of the competition was blown away when James Arthur and Ella Henderson, who everyone assumed would go head to head in the final, ended up in the bottom two.
Whether this shock will improve viewing and voting figures remains to be seen. But X Factor certainly need to do something spectacular to match last year’s viewing figures. In 2011 the series regularly attracted an audience of nine million — now it’s down to around seven million. And by the end of tomorrow’s results show, those seven million will know who is in with a chance to win.
With Rylan Clark out of the competition, James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Union J and Christopher Maloney battle it out in the semi-final, choosing tracks with the themes Songs for You and Songs to Get You into the Final. Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh will be looking for nothing less than note-perfect performances from the contestants as they search for a worthy successor to last year's winners Little Mix, but will the pressure to deliver lead to disaster on stage for any of these would-be pop stars? Dermot O'Leary hosts. The results are tomorrow at 8pm.
Full Episode Guide
Simon Cowell scraps The X Factor jukebox to focus on "what's real"
"All these crazy things we used to do with themes have gone, no more jukeboxes, none of that rubbish this year"
Sharon Osbourne replaced by Alesha Dixon in upcoming X Factor auditions
What's Sharon Osbourne watching? The X Factor judge on her TV viewing habits
Who is UK Eurovision entry Lucie Jones?
Matt Terry hasn’t spoken to Simon Cowell since winning The X Factor
ITV axes X Factor spin-off The Xtra Factor after 12 years
Rebecca Ferguson 'accepts' offer to sing at Trump inauguration – on one condition
Honey G’s debut single hits the charts... at number 149
Jamie Lee Harrison released a single and made it to X Factor Bootcamp before auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent
Who is Jeanette Akua from The Miss Treats on Britain's Got Talent? You might recognise her from The X Factor
James Corden and Take That reveal the secrets of Carpool Karaoke
Dannii Minogue on why Let It Shine is now a better fit for her than The X Factor