Well, it's finally here, and only three contestants remain. We're not sure that we would have ever have guessed that James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney would be the ones in the X Factor final when it began all those weeks ago, but one of them has to win - so who will it be?
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22:02So, what did you think of all that, then? Maloney the Baloney, lover of nans everywhere, is out! It's a Jahmene and James final, and don't forget to join us back here tomorrow night where we'll be bringing you all the best from the final! Goodnight, all!
21:58Nicole has become too used to nicking mics off people on stage tonight...
21:56Even his nan couldn't keep him in the show. Shame! It's an all-Scherzy final as she takes both Jahmene and James through to the final tomorrow night!
21:48Just one teeny weeny ad break stands between us and the result! Perhaps an unpopular choice, but my bet is on Jahmene leaving tonight.
21:45Who doesn't love a bit of Kyles? A pretty classy and 'stripped back' (another XF 2012 buzzword) performance of a top tune. Lovely stuff.
21:43Kylie obviously doesn't have any negative feelings about the whole Dannii/Simon thing...
21:42The vote is frozen. Who do you think will be leaving tonight?
21:35What is the point of a live link backstage? They're probably 100m away, max.
21:35Derm, we love your 'awkward chit chat'. Always have, always will.
21:34It was 10,000 at the beginning of the show, and now apparently there are 12,000 in Manchester. Where have the extra 2,000 come from in the past half hour?
21:32This series of The X Factor will be forever remembered as 'the year of the mash-up'.
21:31A burnt-out car is a bit... rioty. Considering events in Belfast, not a good vibe, Rita. Worse still is the trackie romper she's sporting.
21:27Still. Half an hour. To go. Y'all need some schamazing stamina to get through this. What have your highlights been so far?
21:25At least they had a pair of working microphones. Things are looking up!
21:24James and Nicole do a very breathy version of 'Make You Feel My Love'. Not bad, not bad... The worst part is Nicole's outfit. What happened to the pretty dresses? Why the gaffer tape garb, Scherzy?
21:22There's a lot of propaganda between the judges and mentees in this whole duetting section. Plenty of 'you're the best' this and 'couldn't have asked for better' that. Has no-one anything original or genuine to say?
21:16Gary's highlight of performing with Christopher is that he's 'back in the north west'. Says it all.
21:14While I have nothing but good words about Jahmene and Nicole's duet, this is, er, a different matter. The Maloney and The Barlow are taking on 'Rule the World', but with mismatched voices and no Mark Owen, it's a bit of a sorry affair.
21:13Surely a tin of Quality Street would have sufficed as a gift from Christopher - not some weird frame for Gary's OBE. Definitely in the running for the oddest moment so far this evening.
21:12Gary could literally not sound any less sincere as he says what a pleasure it is working with The Maloney.
21:11Was The Maloney having a tamper with the mics backstage, we think? Hmm...
21:10Yet another technical glitch strikes, but I can't stop sniggering at Nicole having to bend down to reach when Jahmene's holding the mic.
21:09This is just like when we're doing karaoke at home and there's only one mic to go round. Brilliant.
21:08Nicole has bleached her dress in the ad break, stepping out in a slinky silver number.
21:07This is a massive love-in for Jahmene and Nicole, as he says how much of a good friend she is. Can't help but think that's not only really idealistic but also, well, mainly for the cameras. Hashtag sorry.
21:05Dermot's taking a seat. What is going on? Cannot compute...
21:03Kelly Clarkson singing 'Breakaway' with 'arty' black and white series highlights. Literally nothing, but nothing, says X Factor any more than this. Did producers think Kelly performing on her own would be too much of a snore-fest? They can't afford to lose any more precious viewers. Every one counts, now...
20:59So we've heard from all three of them so far tonight and there's still, gulp, an hour to go. Is everyone still okay? Hanging in there? Need any supplies?
20:54Someone's been to Papa John's for a customised pizza in support of James. Doesn't get any better than that!
20:53James gets a standing ovation from all the judges after singing 'Feeling Good', and gets unanimous comments from all of them as to how he should definitely win. Sigh.
20:51James Arthur, really, seems to be the only challenge to Maloney's impending victory. It's a battle of the two northerners in my book, but we can't call who will scrape the most votes. It's a toughie. Would you agree?
20:49This staged entrance reminds me of that O2 advert with Michael Bublé. Not a good look.
20:47Dear oh dear. James is having a bit of a blub in the bedsit he thought he'd never leave. Don't normally have a lot of time or sympathy for the bloke, but that was a bit touching. I'm being sucked into the propaganda...
20:45Now James has jumped on the 'Nan' bandwagon and wheels out his own for us all to see. Top marks, Arthur!
20:45Somehow finding time between having a spat with Frankie Boyle and snogging a bunch of girls, James finds time to head home with Scherzy...
20:42After having a peep at some of the comments, I'm glad that a lot of you are also experiencing 'technical difficulties'. It keeps cutting out for a few seconds at a time, and I was blaming my Virgin Media broadband/TV package (just balancing out the puff on the show with some negativity. Karma or summat).
20:39Despite what I'm harping on about, I do think that having Christopher Maloney crowned champ of The X Factor would be brilliant. Perhaps for the wrong reasons, but still. Amongst the bland brilliance of Douglas and Arthur, a Maloney win would be one no-one forgets in a long time...
20:36Louis again hails The Maloney as The People's Champion, claiming that he won't be going back to Liverpool after this. No, Louis, you're right - he'll be off to Bognor Regis!
20:36Butlins most certainly beckons, Maloney... That was... Something else. I don't know whether to start with the rollerblading studs in vests or the dry ice.
20:34They have thrown all of the rules of trying to make The Maloney a class act by giving him 'What a Feeling' and having him emerge from an '80s boombox. It's the stuff nightmares are made of...
20:32The real star of this series, Christopher's nan, lays on a right royal spread for Gaz-Baz. I'm going to be taking bets that 'The Nan' of 'The Maloney' will be heading into the CBB house in 2013...
20:31The Maloney is greeted by his harem of fans - a gaggle of toothless nans! He knows his niche...
20:30It's 'The Maloney'! The Maloney travels on Virgin Trains. The Maloney goes back to his old call centre, and they look thrilled to see him. All of those people definitely didn't just turn up for the free cake...
20:29Caroline draws the short straw and ends up with the friends and rellos backstage. Isn't the likes of Andi Peters normally on hand for that rubbish?
20:27Louis comes out with his infamous 'little' remark, squarking at Jahmene that he's like a 'little Luther Vandross'. He's obviously run out of musicians in his repertoire, as those with long memories will remember him rolling out the same dross to Paije Richardson back in the olden days of 2010...
20:24There ain't no two ways about it. Jahmene really does have a corking pair of lungs on him. But post-X Factor, how will he do in the real world and the charts? The jury's out.
20:22This is all a bit 'Olympics Opening Ceremony' for my liking...
20:22We can believe 28,000 in Swindon would pop along to see Jahmene. We're not sure the same could be said of Chris... eep.
20:20Jahmene, who has apparently 'graduated to a whole lamb shank' (Nicole - what?), is off back to the glorious town of Swindon. Back in ASDA, Nicole graciously feigns interest at the meat counter before going to his old church. It's a grand day out!
20:17Has anyone actually ever played the infamous 'Tap to Clap'? Any good?
20:15Do we all agree that after Dermot's entrance, the night is going to go rapidly downhill?
20:13There is megalove in the room for James as the crowd scream and go wild. However, Maloney is still suffering a barrage of boos. And when there's 10,000 people giving him both barrels, it makes for even more awkward viewing. Ouch.
20:11James, Jahmene and Christopher take to the stage in matching monochrome outfits and look like, frankly, the weirdest boyband we've ever seen...
20:10And the Spraggan returns! All of the finalists (even Jade...) are giving it some stomping mash-up action. There are so many songs flying about here we physically can't type them all out fast enough.
20:08Rylan in pink pleather perfects Psy's crazy leg moves with an amazing rendition of 'Gangnam Style' to open the show, shortly joined by Union J who aren't old enough to drive so have to settle for scooters. Bless.
20:06Blimey, the whole scale of this shindig is staggering. We have judges being lowered in, the 'X' flames going super-sized and Louis is in a bow tie! Could this get any more impressive?!
20:04In what has to be one of the best X Factor warm-up videos of all-time, and with Dermot dancing his golden socks off, here - we - go!
20:03Here we are, live from Lon...Manchester - and seemingly sponsored by Virgin Trains and Manchester's tourism board.
20:02Good evening, X Factor fans! How are we all diddling? Good? Great!