The X Factor: The Semi Finals

The X Factor: The Semi Finals

Series 14

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Review

We think there are going to be six acts left on The X Factor as we head into this weekend’s semi-finals. We say “think”, because a few weeks ago Dermot O’Leary announced that we were going to be facing a double elimination, only for it to be cancelled and then rescheduled for the following week at the 11th hour. With so many format tweaks this series, at times it’s been a little hard to keep up with exactly what’s going on.

But amid the madness – and the judges’ parroting the same twaddle – there have been some truly extraordinary performers, namely Rak-Su and Grace Davies, who have both managed to showcase not just their incredible singing, but also their immense songwriting talents.

Summary

The conclusion of the musical talent show creeps ever closer, as the contest reaches the semi-finals. Throughout the live stages, surprise double eliminations, extra sing-offs and an increased number of public votes have tested not only the contestants' singing skills, but also their ability to master their nerves, and the pressure is bound to be higher than ever with the Grand Final taking place next weekend. Dermot O'Leary welcomes the performers back to the stage for another set, as Cowell and his fellow judges - Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne - deliver their verdicts, before giving viewers at home a chance to have their say. X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur also returns to the stage for a special performance.

Cast & Crew

Host Dermot O'Leary
Judge Louis Walsh
Judge Nicole Scherzinger
Judge Simon Cowell
Judge Sharon Osbourne
Musical Guest James Arthur
Executive Producer Mark Sidaway
Executive Producer Lee McNicholas
Series Producer Paula Thomas
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