28 episodes, six weeks of live shows and 16 finalists: it all came down to this, The X Factor Live Final 2018.
In Sunday’s show we saw Dalton Harris, Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell battle it out to become the series winner. And not only that: the remaining contestants were joined by some very special guests, including Leona Lewis and Kaiser Chiefs.
So, who was crowned champ? And how did each performance go down? Read on for reaction, insight and analysis…
Okay, a very predictable winner he might have been, but let’s face it, Dalton was a very worthy one. Never ending up in the sing-off, each of his live show performances were pitch perfect – often showcasing a better vocal range than the show’s guest stars.
And sure, he might not have had the biggest personality in the contest, but the quiet modesty Dalton gifted viewers each week came across as genuine – he’s a man able to pull off some downright incredible vocals without showboating.
@harrisdalton well done on winning the #XFactor 100% well deserved couldn't have fine to a better winner x
8.47pm Although Dalton is favourite to triumph tonight, The X Factor wouldn’t actually be his first TV talent contest win. In 2010, he was crowned champion of a televised singing show called Digicel Rising Stars, airing on Television Jamaica.
Not quite on the same scale as The X Factor, the show looked at local talent in the hopes of unearthing Jamaica’s finest singers.
Rising Stars has launched some of Jamaica’s best-loved talents, including one Chris Martin (though not of Coldplay fame, unfortunately).
After Rising Stars Dalton released three albums and this single…
8.45pm And the verdict on the Take That performance? Viewers are feeling VERY nostalgic right now…
8.30pm ATTENTION DALTON FANS: Today the Jamaican singer topped RadioTimes.com’s poll of over 13,000 viewers, with 62.34% of fans backing Dalton to win tonight’s show. Scarlett and Anthony split the remaining vote, on 20.62% and 17.04% respectively.
8pm Now, we’re not here to say that the next few performances (and many many ad breaks) probably won’t be worth watching, but we will say that Dynasties has just started on BBC1.
(Don’t worry, we’ll let you know if anything happens on ITV. You just go and watch the cute puppies)
7.56pm Interestingly, viewers never actually saw the greatest Robbie Williams moment this series: during the audition stage, the judge came face-to-face with Blobbie Williams. In fact, the plus-size impersonator (Real name Tony James) got four yeses for his Rock DJ cover.
“Blobbie Williams looked eerily like my husband, I’m not going to lie,” Ayda Field previously told RadioTimes.com. “It was like looking into the future; if he has a year of pies then this is now my husband, Blobbie.”
According to his site, Blobbie even turned up to film the Six Chair Challenge, but was told last minute he’d been cut from the competition.
7.25pm Now, obviously the best way to enjoy The X Factor is to soberly watch its every minute, carefully considering the subtleties of each performance with a notebook and pencil to hand.
But on the odd chance you think a large tipple could help proceedings, here’s the drinking game I’ll be playing tonight.
Drink every time…
Louis shouts “yes lad!” with one hand raised in the air
Anthony Russell points at the camera while singing
Louis announces he’s “so proud” of Anthony or Dalton
Ayda mentions Robbie is her husband and it’s cringe. Oh so cringe.
Simon uses the phrase “Do you know what?” during a critique
There’s some kind of technical hitch
Dermot asks a guest performer which act they think is going to win and they lie and not say Dalton
I’m going to need a bigger keg…
7pm The exit poll is in! And it’s very good news for all Dalton fans reading.
Today the Jamaican singer topped RadioTimes.com’s poll of over 13,000 viewers, with 62.34% of fans backing Dalton to win tonight’s show. Scarlett and Anthony split the remaining vote, on 20.62% and 17.04% respectively.
As Louis Tomlinson might say, YES LAD!
6.55pm So, what happened on last night’s show?
First thing you should know: nobody went home. In a change from tradition, all three finalists made it through to the final night. We’ll leave it up to you whether that’s a good thing or not.
You can see a full review of the performances and judges’ comments here. Spoiler: Dalton was AMAZING.
6.30pm Good evening! Welcome to the RadioTimes.com X Factor Live Final blog, your guide to the biggest TV event of the night (presuming you’re not watching Strictly, I’m A Celeb or what’s billed to be a puppy-packed episode of David Attenborough’s Dynasties – it’ll be on BBC1 at 8pm – jus’ sayin’).
And what a night you’re in for. If performances from James Arthur and Robbie Williams weren’t enough excitement for you last night then…well, um, it’s going to be more or less the same this evening – both singers are set to return to The X Factor stage tonight.
However, they’ll be joined by a few new guest stars. You can see more information about tonight’s performances here or check out a handy setlist for tonight below…
X Factor Final 2018 Sunday soundtrack
Nile Rodgers (who was guest judge while Robbie was away on tour) & CHIC
Take That with Robbie Williams
You can also expect the finalists to sing their potential winner’s duet single…
Dalton Harris will sing The Power of Love with James Arthur
Scarlett Lee will sing One More Sleep with Leona Lewis
Anthony Russell will sing I Predict a Riot with Kaiser Chiefs and Ricky Wilson, everybody’s favourite coach from The Voice UK (if you rule out will.i.am. Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Boy George, Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Paloma Faith)