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'The X Factor' Jukebox week: Live blog

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The X Factor final is only two weeks away, but one of the remaining five contestants will fail to reach the epic heights scaled by Christopher Maloney, Eoghan Quigg, et al after falling victim to this week's 'Musical Heroes' special.

The X Factor judges

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The X Factor judges



Tonight, Sam Bailey, Tamera and co will attempt to secure a place in the semi-finals by singing tracks from their favourite artists, as well as a second song chosen by you! So any comments from the judges about song choice should be taken as a personal slight.

Join Digital Spy from 8pm as we experience the highs, lows and fluffled lyrics (Tamera's got two whole songs, it's inevitable) of 'Jukebox Week'.

21:46Tomorrow's results show sees 'two of X Factor's finest' performing, Rebecca Ferguson (fair enough, she's really nice) and James Arthur (....oh). Thanks for joining us on the live blog tonight, guys. Feel free to keep on commenting about the show and try not to get too excited about the appearance of Jarthur, yeah? Night night!


21:42So that's it for tonight...and feel free to disagree with us, but wasn't everyone pretty darn good? There were some very strong performances - definitely the best show of the series. What do you guys think?


21:40Nicole calls Rough Copy "the best group the show has ever seen". JLS are probably off having a little tear somewhere. Gary talks about how great they are to work with: "If Carlsberg made contestants, this is it". The nation groans.


21:37GOSPEL CHOIR KLAXON.


21:36Right, here we go...it's Rough Copy singing 'I Believe I Can Fly'. R Kelly's earned a few bob off of these lot tonight.


21:35DS user Regina_Phalange says of Tamera: "DAMMN! That was amazing! Louis need to hush it, LOADS of singers have sung that song." They win commenter of the week not only for being correct, but also for the excellent Friends reference.


21:30Are we being too mean to Louis tonight? We feel like we're being too mean to Louis tonight. It's all in good humour, really. Love you lots, Loubie!


21:29Sharon welcomes Tamera back to the competition and says she is "blossoming before [her] eyes". Gary predicts she will be the "most successful contestant from this year" and Nicole calls her a Spanish angel (just go with it). What's Louis' contribution?: "Yeah, um, Leona Lewis sung that song....but, anyway....yeah..."


21:27Heeeere's Tamera, and she's singing the gorgeous, but clunkily-named 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. Now this is a bit more like it! Her voice sounds kind of fragile yet strong, understated yet spine-tingling. Beautiful stuff.


21:23The judges love Luke, particularly Nicole, who's quite taken with his 'hairy balls'. We don't know what the female judges are on tonight, but it's all gone a bit Desperate Housewives in here, the mad cougars! Also, did Louis make a terrible Luke's Friends pun? Ugh! Although actually we're shocked it's taken this long.


21:20Another solid performance from Luke. It should come as no surprise - he's clearly in his element and, at the risk of sounding like an X Factor judge, this is the kind of thing we could see him recording after the show.


21:19We think this is Mumford & Sons, but it could just be that Gary Barlow song again for all we know.


21:18He's doing 'I Will Wait' by Mumford & Sons. Louis claims to have heard of it and mumbles some nondescript tune to prove it. He clearly hasn't a clue.


21:16Right, we're back! Hope Ed Balls and all the rest of you are sitting comfortably, because it's Luke Friend.


21:14


21:13We reckon the KFC choir are destined for the bottom two.


21:13On a side note, how long is this bloody KFC advert going to go on for?


21:13IT'S THE JLS HORN!! This particularly tickles one member of Team DS, and it gives us great pleasure to inform you that somewhere a Northern woman is in a heap of giggles right now.


21:09Nicole can only utter one word - "astounding". Louis, regrettably, utters quite a few more, but the long and the short of it is he thinks she's "world class". Sharon says Sam "touched [her] soul". There's not a dry eye in the house.


21:08Sam Bailey's up next, and the public have chosen Sandé, bloody Sandé for her to sing. Yup, she's tackling 'Clown', dressed in an outfit we're fairly certain we've seen on Adele before and with a new hairdo that we think makes her look like Ella Henderson in about 20 years. Of course, she's bloody brilliant. She's on the verge of tears, Nicole is actually in tears - amazing stuff.


21:04Sharon talks about something "rising inside" of Nicholas, but we'll move on quickly from that. Louis describes him as "a young Gary Barlow", because of course he does.


21:01He's singing Take That's 'Greatest Day', but in rehearsals his vocals sound more Howard Donald than Gary Barlow. He's a bit better on the night, and is doing a few hand gestures and a bit of shaking about for once, but the notes are still a tad too high for him, no? Sounded like a bit of an effort.


21:00It's round two for Nicholas McDonald. This week he's enjoyed his first driving lesson and a surprise 17th birthday party in his dressing room that almost definitely didn't require three or four takes.


20:58Time for the pointless Caroline Flack bit! This really should have gone the way of the 'Flash Vote' and been retired quietly. She's speaking to Rough Copy and finally gets to see inside their backpack. Among the stuff inside is a massive SAMSUNG phone, because Rough Copy love SAMSUNG. BUY SAMSUNG.


20:56Ooh, X Factor's own Olly Murs is on The Jonathan Ross Show after this. That could be good! On the other hand...Chris Tarrant and Keith Lemon.


20:53Phone lines are now open so get voting, y'all. Alternatively you can just tell us who you're supporting in the comments below. It's free and it really winds up the judges when nobody votes for the favourites, so it's all good!


20:49Sharon finally dares to ask thingy about the backpack and why they're all "skipping and hopping" about "like a little Gisele". We presume she meant to say gazelle, unless the Brazilian fashion model has a reputation in the industry for being quite springy.


20:47The skirts are back on and they're performing a mashup of 'Every Little Step'/'She's Got That Vibe'. Must resist making Bobby Brown and R Kelly jokes that could get me fired...Anyway, we're really loving this performance. It's bursting with energy and Rough Copy are back to their R&B roots. Louis, of course, hates it. He's wrong.


20:44Last week's bottom two survivors Rough Copy are back, and they're promising us a "crazy" performance consisting of two tracks smushed together. Crazy? That's positively mental boys!


20:42Oh my God, Tom Daley! Oh my God, Splash! Hurry up and get finished, X Factor, we've got famous hotties in Speedos waiting in the wings.


20:39That's the performance of the night so far for us. Luke is one of the few that seems to actually be progressing throughout the competition - maybe he's not such a dark horse anymore! Sharon claims that she can see Luke "singing that at Glastonbury", while Gary praises him for having "bags of personality". Louis explains that he hates 'Skinny Love' because he's sick of seeing it on The X Factor. So does he understand now why some viewers aren't the biggest fans of his?


20:35Here's Luke Friend and he's been handed 'Skinny Love' by the public, a song that Louis Walsh hates. Nobody tell Birdy - we're sensing a Gary Barlow/Carol Decker situation arising here.


20:33Louis congratulates her on remembering all the words and everyone cheers like mad - this is what impresses people on this show nowadays. Mrs O compares her to Rihanna and her former nemesis Lady Gaga, encouraging her to "throw those legs around". Nicole tries to do a Louis Walsh impression, but comes off more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon:


20:29She's singing Rihanna, she's looking like Rita Ora...but we still don't think she'll be able to cut it competing against them out in the real world. Don't get us wrong, that was a proper fistpumper of a performance, but we think that might be more to do with the song than anything else.


20:26Next up is Tamera. She's got two whole songs this week, so goodness knows how much of them we'll actually get to hear. Nicole's drafted in a hypnotherapist to help her get through the song. This is the kind of thing you spend years studying at medical school for, right?


20:21This week's X Factor really is about giving the people what they want:


20:20Gary loved it, as did Nicole, but she's worried it was "a little like a cruise ship version", which Sharon calls "ridiculous" and "insane" in her typical flamboyant Disney villain fashion. "I think the cruise ship you saw her on was called The O2," Mrs O hits back. Um...burn?


20:17Sam's singing 'How Will I Know' by the late, great Whitney Houston. She's looking flipping foxy and striding all across the stage like she owns it. We think she's officially broken out of the mummy mould now.


20:16Next up is Sam Bailey...who's also a lion, apparently. It's like a bloody David Attenborough documentary in here. She's telling us just how challenging the life of a famous person is...you have to EAT. TOAST. WHILE. MOVING. Mental. This week she also put on a posh frock and "a pair of 'eels" to go to the Royal Variety Performance and watch bits from Harry Hill's X Factor musical. You can listen to tracks from the production too on DS by clicking on this shameless plug.


20:13Gary calls Nicholas "middle of the road", but Nicole said she "loved it". Louis claims that Nicholas has a "God given gift" and "a natural recording voice".


20:12Oh blimey, Sharon's off. She spouts out some gibberish about Nicholas being a lion and tells some audience member to "shut up". Sadly, she refrains from chucking a glass of water at the crowd. Come on Mrs O, you've only got two more weeks to recreate our favourite X Factor moment ever. Get on it!


20:10Well, nans all over the UK will be cooing, but everyone else will be snoozing. A perfectly fine performance there from Nicholas, but it's all a bit too 'mothers' day covers album'.


20:08First up is Nicholas 'He's Scottish' McDonald. He's singing 'Just The Way You Are', which both he and his little sister are very excited about. We haven't seen anyone this enthused about Bruno Mars since Steve Jones on X Factor USA:


20:05Here are the judges, and Nicole's been vacuum-packed into a stunning red dress that wouldn't look out of place in Jessica Rabbit's wardrobe.


20:04What a man is RIGHT, X Factor music person. It's Dermot, and he's deliberately made a ton of number two jokes. We love it when his blatant contempt for the show slips out.


20:03"If you mess up, ticket home," Sharon Osbourne states in the opening VT. Tamera presumably looks at the floor, whistling nonchalantly, backstage.


20:02LAST WEEKEND...It was all black and white and everyone got mad that Hannah Barrett left, even though clearly nobody liked her.


19:59In case you skipped over the intro (we know you did, admit it), tonight will see the final five perform two songs each for the first time this series. The first will be a track by their 'Musical Heroes', the second will be a song chosen by the public. Clicky here to find out what you went with.


19:57Hi all and welcome to the X Factor live blog. Abbey Clancy's just got the first perfect score of this year's Strictly, BUT Nicholas McDonald is about to sing Bruno Mars, so, I think we can all agree you've made the right choice.

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