There’s all to sing for. The X Factor: The Band is preparing for its final face-off and everyone is wondering which band is going to win.
Hoping to re-create the success of his televisually-engineered pop groups Little Mix and One Direction, Simon Cowell created The X Factor: The Band as a spin-off from the regular X Factor. The reality competition saw the music super producer teaming up groups of girls and boys, in an effort to create the next hit pop group.
The first episode aired less than a week ago; unlike the regular X Factor, the series was comprised of just four episodes, shown on alternating weekdays, with the grand final on Sunday.
But who won the competition? Find out below…
Who won The X Factor: The Band?
The girl band Real Like You beat boyband Unwritten Rule to win X Factor: The Band.
Who is in the final?
The final will pit boyband Unwritten Rule against the girl group Real Like You, with the boys’ lineup having only been solidified during the penultimate episode on Friday.
The boys’ group comprises of: Boaz Dopemu, Cause Duncombe, Harrison Cole, Fred Roberts, Jed Thomas and Reece Wiltshire-Fessey.
The girls’ group, on the other hand, includes: Halle Williams, Seorsia Leagh Jack, Jess Folley, Kelli-Marie Willis, Luena Martinez and Virginia Hampson – who failed to pass Monday’s audition, only to be sensationally invited back by Cowell’s co-presenter Nicole Scherzinger.
What was the winning song?
Each band will be taking on four songs each in a bid to impress the public.
Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
Problem/I Can’t Feel My Face – Ariana Grande/The Weeknd
Be Like Them – Original
Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
Dance Monkey – Tones and I
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi
Former X Factor winner Dalton Harris will also be performing, so hold onto your hats, folks.
Will there be another series of The X Factor: The Band?
If you’re sad that The X Factor: The Band was over so quickly, there is good news. Simon Cowell has signed a bumper deal with ITV, ensuring that there is more X Factor to come.
Next year will see another iteration of the iconic singing competition: whether this means we’ll finally get to see The X Factor: All Stars – a long-rumoured version which pits previous winners against each other in an all-star vocal melee – remains to be seen.
A second series of The X Factor: Celebrity could also be on the horizon, and another stab at The Band isn’t out of the question. It’s made slightly less likely as a result of this series’ poor viewing figures, which hit the headlines on Wednesday when The Band was watched by fewer people than a Channel 5 documentary about Aldi supermarkets.