The X Factor

Series 9 - Episode 15



Unless there’s been a format change since we went to press, ten become nine this weekend as the live shows continue. There has been one significant tweak this year already, though: take note of who sings last. Now that voting lines are open at the start of the show, not the end, going later has changed from a boon (you were fresh in the memory) to a curse (people have already voted for someone else). But such things are, however, unlikely to trouble 16-year-old Ella Henderson, the most obvious winner of a talent show since Mozart in the 1761 Salzburg Young Composer of the Year.


Last week it looked like Gary Barlow was about to lose his third act in a row as Kye Sones landed in the bottom two, but it was Louis Walsh's MK1 who left the competition. Now, the 10 remaining acts perform Halloween-themed songs as they battle to get one step closer to that life-changing recording contract. This year has already provided plenty of drama: Gary walked off during the first results show after Carolynne Poole got the boot, and the following week Rylan Clark still wasn't in his good books. And the talent is arguably better than ever, with Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur creating a lot of buzz, and Union J attracting One Direction-style screams from female fans in the audience. But as host Dermot O'Leary and the judges remind viewers each week, nobody is safe, so the acts will all be facing pressure to give their best performances yet.
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