The X Factor 2012: finals week eight – live blog

Is there life after Ella Henderson? Follow every second of the action with Jack Seale and his happy band of sarky commenters, as the final five sing for survival

Well, I’ve only just stopped crying but already it’s time to face a new X Factor without people’s champion Ella Henderson.


The five undeserving charlatans who have taken her rightful place on the stage – Jahmene Douglas (boo!), James Arthur (hiss!), Union J (get off!), Christopher Maloney (how dare you?) and Rylan Clark (no words, just a dignified, contemptuous silence) – are about to sing, whether you like it or not. We might as well make the best of it by typing observations into a virtual box, together.

This live blog is, in the words of Jahmene Douglas, “OOOOOOOO-OH-OH-OH-AAAAAAH-OOOVER!” Never mind. Here’s the as-it-happened version instead.