This year’s X Factor judges are to perform with their acts in the duets section of the final show, it has been confirmed.
Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa all have one act each, while Louis Walsh will spend the show watching impartially from the sidelines.
They will perform with Marcus Collins, Amelia Lily and Little Mix respectively as the final three acts fight for the crown as X Factor winner live at Wembley Arena tomorrow night (December 10th).
It is the first time in X Factor history that a mentor has performed with their act, as usually the duets are performed by other artists, who in the past have included Beyonce, Rihanna and Michael Buble.
Making the announcement, Gary said: “Thank God Louis didn’t get an act in the Final.”
He and Marcus will perform Billy Joel’s Always A Woman, while Amelia and Kelly will sing River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner.
Tulisa will join her girls Little Mix for a musical mash-up of Alicia Keys songs Empire State Of Mind and If I Ain’t Got You.
Performing to fans at the weekend will also be a host of acts, including past X Factor contestants. Coldplay, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis, One Direction and JLS have all been confirmed to be appearing on Sunday’s show.
Kelly told a press conference that the weekend will be a “treat for everybody” as all three remaining mentors gave fighting talk ahead of the big send-off.
“A group’s never won this competition before,” said Tulisa, “especially a girl group even going this far in the competition and I’m the youngest judge, it is my first year and I want to change X Factor history with these little muffins behind me.”
This week the show has come under fire after HMV was found to have advertised the X Factor winner as Amelia.
The retailer apologised for the “technical error” explaining that it had planned to accept pre-orders for all three versions of the X Factor Winner’s single.
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