The X Factor: pre-Live1
Saturday 12 October 8pm on ITV
Sharon Osbourne invites the Over 25s category to The Dorchester for a chat and reveals Sir Elton John watched her acts.
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The nation’s number one singing show moves into its spectacular live shows phase tonight. Kicking off the series, it’s time to bring out the leg warmers and strap on the shoulder pads as The X Factor embraces the music of the 80’s as the theme for the first live show.
Each of the final 12 contestants will sing a classic 80s song, taking to the stage and performing live for the judges and audience at home.
Dermot O'Leary presides over proceedings, while judges and mentors Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger take their seats behind the judges’ desk to battle it out with their contestants.
Louis has the Boys, Sharon the Overs, Gary the Groups and Nicole the Girls. There is sure to be drama and disagreements between the judges as the competition hots up, but one thing they can agree on is that the standard of competition is better than ever this year.
And introducing the dramatic new FLASH VOTE at the end of the show. Once every contestant has performed, voting lines will open for under ten minutes, giving viewers the opportunity to save their favourite act from the bottom two.
After voting lines have closed and the votes have been counted and verified, the contestant with the lowest number of votes will be revealed and told that they face the sing-off tomorrow night. Voting lines for the remaining contestants will then reopen until Sunday night’s show where the second contestant to face the sing off will be revealed.
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