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'X Factor' Live Shows Week Six - Live Blog

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The X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh

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We've got in the fish and chips, made a jolly nice cup of tea and dug out some miniature Union Jacks from the Jubilee to wave as The X Factor tonight celebrates the 'Best of British'.

The final seven will (in theory) be covering the best songs ever to have emerged from these Isles of Wonder, but don't get your hopes up that this tribute to our green and pleasant land will be... well, pleasant. There's bound to be plenty of judge bitching, as well as the usual dodgy performances - and we'll probably love every minute of it. God save our gracious Cowell.

Join Digital Spy for when The X Factor returns to ITV1 at 8.05pm. It won't make you feel pride in your country like the Olympics, but you'll probably have a laugh.


21:44One Direction are off before Harry has to suffer an awkward reunion with Caroline Flack, as Dermot recaps the performances. Thoughts on tonight's show, gang? Were the acts able to prove they are the 'Best of British'? Leave your comments below and don't forget to join us again for tomorrow's results. Nighty night!


21:40All the acts have performed, so now all that's left is to enjoy One Direction's sparkly curtains/switch over to another channel, depending on your gender and age. The band are singing their new sappy, strummy song 'Little Things'. It's written by Ed Sheeran, but if you've ever heard it you won't need us to tell you that.


21:35Louis compares James to Plan B and Professor Green (ooh Uncle Lou, how urban of you), while Gary says he is "ready right now to record" and Nicole calls him the "future of music".


21:32A nice shirt and a nice performance from James Arthur, with added strobe lights. We're just glad he chose to do 'Hometown Glory' and not the 617,000th cover of 'Someone Like You'.


21:28Welcome on to the stage, "wicked talented bloke" James Arthur. This week he's performing... OH MY GOD, JAMES ARTHUR HAD A LITTLE BLONDE EMO FRINGE!! Um, sorry, this week he's performing Adele.


21:21Tulisa predicts a "battle of the boybands" in this week's public vote. We think the only way to settle the Union J/District3 rivalry should be through a Battle Royale. Gary predicts big things despite the pitching problems and Nicole thanks them for recognising the heroes of the Armed Forces. It's lovely.


21:18Union J are singing Coldplay's 'Fix You' in honour of Britain's Armed Forces, which makes it very hard to mock. Must. Say. Something. D**kish. Umm... they've certainly captured the feminine charm of the Military Wives? That'll have to do...


21:15Here come boyband the second - Union J. And this week they're doing... something stripped back. Urgh, really?!


21:11You know things are bad when Louis Walsh describes you as "camp as Christmas". But he loved the routine... as did Tulisa and Nicole. Gary gives everyone in the studio a coronary by announcing that Rylan's performance was "absolutely brilliant" in terms of fun, before returning to the script and blasting his "diabolical" vocals. As for us... we kinda lapped it up. Damn you Clark, you knew we'd be powerless to resist the Spice Girls.


21:05Well, that's a novel way to start a performance. Anyone who truly believes Rylan really jumped out of a plane and landed in Fountain Studios needs to be removed from society ASAP though. He's nicked Nicole's Union Jacket for his Spice Girls mash-up, which is basically an audition for next year's Eurovision.


21:02Rylan Clark and Geri Halliwell in the same room. Is this what hell looks like?


20:56Gary says that he only needs one word for that performance - "wow". Cheers for that Barlow, you've truly earned whatever massive fee X Factor's paying you. Nicole says a few technical things, Louis describes Ella as an "old soul trapped in a young girl's body", which we think is a compliment, but criticises Tulisa's song choice. "Louis wouldn't know Tinie Tempah from Tiny Tim," Tulisa hits back. It's no "fag ash breath", but it'll do.


20:52Ella's doing Tinie Tempah's 'Written in the Stars'...and yes, it's stripped back. Again. Okay, by this point we're almost longing for Rylan to come and liven things up. Still Ella was, of course, amazing.


20:50*BEAT* "I aaaaam the one and only." Ella's the last girl left, but she shouldn't fear - Kim Kardashian thinks she can go all the way. And Kim Kardashian is someone who knows a thing or two about talent. *shifts eyes*


20:46Tulisa praises Louis for stripping back three lovely, good-looking lads, presumably sparking sniggers among the studio audience. Nicole explains her tears by saying that the song has a "deep personal meaning" to her. Normally we'd roll our eyes, but she's managed to stifle the tears a lot longer than on X Factor USA and is generally Schermazing, so cry away Nicki! Gary's still got a grump on though, saying that the performance sounded "slightly dated".


20:41Here come District3. They too have gone for a stripped-back, emotional something after a ton of negative comments about their backflips in previous weeks. Their version of Eric Clapton's 'Tears in Heaven' - complete with piano - makes Nicole cry and has surely melted thousands of teenage girls' hearts. Shame Louis has finally forced the Westlife stools upon them.


20:37The panellists are wowed. Louis says he "definitely has to be in the final" and Tulisa praises him for reinventing a classic, before dispelling "nonsense" reports that she slammed him in the press. Gary, meanwhile, calls it one of the best versions of 'Angels' he's ever heard (careful of upsetting Robbie, Bazza) and Nicole says a lot of moving mush. Excuse us, we've got something in our eye.


20:31Wowzers. His haunting, choir-backed version of Robbie's 'Angels' is giving us chills. Think we need to borrow Nicole's bulky suit to combat these goosebumps.


20:29Jahmene is up next. He was a little underwhelmed by his stonking performance of Beyonce's 'Listen' last week. Bless him - he's still that little nervous guy shuffling around ASDA. Not sure forcing him to make small talk with a star like Jennifer Hudson is going to help him be less awkward...


20:22Accompanied by dancers dressed as that thing from The Cube, Chris sings about how he's 'still standing' in an extremely subtle dig to his haters. Nicole admires his "confidence", but says she can't get on board with his "karaoke king" ways. Louis then steals Scherzy's opinion and upsets Heart FM, while Tulisa tries to find a new way of saying that she still thinks he's crap. "What do you have to do to win these guys over?" Dermot asks him. Leave?


20:17Speaking of the Liverpudlian devil, it's Christopher Maloney. He insists that rumours of him spending thousands of pounds voting for himself are not true. We'd love if after this VT of him mucking up Elton John it cuts to him quickly shoving his mobile in his pocket before the song.


20:13Oh Lord, five minutes in and a judge is already getting rowdy. Gazza isn't happy with Dermot for "doing Christopher down" when the host brings up last week's boos. It's getting awkward here - quick Nicole, shout "STIFF" again.


20:11Here come the judges. Nicole's gone all classy for tonight's patriotic show with a nice suit and Tulisa's dress appears to be made up of wine glass shapes. Is that another dig at Barlow?


20:09Oh X Factor, that is mean. You can't play the Austin Powers music for Dermot's entrance and then not have him come out in a blue crushed velvet suit, glasses and mop hair. Not groovy, baby.


20:08We get a quick glimpse of last week's backstage action and Nicole's lovely Union Jacket, plus some teasing of tonight's One Direction appearance *cue screams*. But forget that, let's get this week's show underway!


20:05Evening all. Please stand for The X Factor's 'Best of British' episode. Rule Scherzinger.

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