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Series 9 - Episode 12
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The road to the X Factor live shows is always a bumpy one. And the journey for many acts on this series – which some have accused of cranking up the melodrama just a shade too high – has been pretty rocky.
There were Oscar-winning displays of hysterical emotion, while in the brief time between boot camp and judges’ houses, groups were once again rejected, recalled and repackaged. And of course there have been the usual sensational headlines involving tragedy, trauma and simple petulance.
Now all the final 12 acts have to do is to turn in a good live performance each week – preferably without falling to their knees and sobbing.
Thousands of aspiring pop stars turned up at the auditions, more than 200 battled it out at boot camp and the best of those made it through to the judges' houses. Now, the competition really begins as the final 13 perform live for the judges and millions of viewers at home, and things are a little different this year as the contestants are allowed to sing their own material to stand out from their rivals. Gary Barlow mentors the over-28s - Melanie Masson, Carolynne Poole and Kye Sones - Nicole Scherzinger looks after the boys - James Arthur, Rylan Clark and Jahmene Douglas - Tulisa has got the girls - Jade Ellis, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan - and Louis Walsh is in charge of the groups - GMD3 (who are coming up with a new name), MK1 and Union J. These 12 will be joined by the wildcard entry - either Christopher Maloney, Adam Burridge, Amy Mottram or Times Red. One Direction also perform on stage, hoping to show the boy band acts how it's done. Hosted by Dermot O'Leary.
Full Episode Guide
What's Sharon Osbourne watching? The X Factor judge on her TV viewing habits
Sharon Osbourne reveals her TV loves and hates ahead of a new documentary on BBC4
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
Can 2016 be over yet? X Factor rapper Honey G's new music video is out
X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry is ALREADY planning a return to the show as a guest judge
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