X Factor: What to expect from this weekend’s live shows

Robin Thicke and Katy Perry to perform, Louis Walsh likely to give more tips on love and another act will be axed

Things will be getting mushy this week on The X Factor as the theme turns to luurrvvee (yes, that most famous of nine letter words).


Our Saturday night will of course start precisely when host Dermot O’Leary does his trademark spin on the spot. We bargain he’ll don a red tie to suit the mood. Maybe with a heart print if he’s feeling extra groovy.

Judge Louis Walsh may even rock the roll neck.

So that we can feel all smug and in the know when the show airs, the song choices of each act has already been revealed.

Among the choices, Abi Alton is playing a risky little game and singing Can’t Get You Out of My Head by new The Voice coach Kylie Minogue (best not let Simon Cowell find out), Shelley Smith is singing that classic of love songs Beyonce’s Single Ladies (and she’s supposed to be learning to stand still while she sings??) and Rough Copy are set to wow the 90s lovers with a rendition of Backstreet Boys track I Want It That Way.

Louis has already been getting into the spirit, jokingly saying the answer to heartbreak is a “bottle of gin”, reports the metro. He adds, “I love these big powerful songs. I love the Power of Love. I know it’s cheesy but I do love it.” Gosh, forget the roll neck, Louis is probably going to blub.

After all of that love and emotion, things will get back to business as the camera pans down to Dermot’s trouser area… sorry, gets back to the voting. Another act will be sent straight into Sunday’s bottom two with the Saturday flash vote (if you missed it, you basically have to vote really really quickly).

Then, amid the Sunday voting palarva, sing-off, result, crying… – do we actually watch X Factor for the singing anymore? – Robin Thicke and Katy Perry will perform. Individually presumably. With no strange foam finger business.

We also challenge you to try and make it onto Dermot’s special spinny wheel of X Factor-related tweets that he’s now taken to showing off during the show. It’s like a poor man’s Wheel of Fortune, but we see where they’re going with it. Gushing is the name of the game. Tweet us if you manage it!

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm on ITV