X Factor Final 2013: Sam Bailey, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald duets announced
Nicole Scherzinger, Ellie Goulding and Shane Filan will join them
Preparations for the grand final of The X Factor have been well underway since Sam Bailey, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald made it through the semis last Sunday.
This weekend, the remaining acts will duet with three musical stars in a climactic bid to impress the voting public and land a recording contract.
Judge Nicole Scherzinger will perform “And I Am Telling You” from Broadway musical Dreamgirls with Sharon Osbourne’s mentee Sam Bailey.
“We’re going to have so much fun and scha-diva it out on the X Factor stage,” the former Pussycat Doll said.
Luke Friend, who has survived several sing-offs to make the final, will be teaming up with award-winning singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding on a rendition of her hit single “Anything Could Happen”.
“I’m really excited to perform with lovely Luke,” she said. “He’s a crazy talented singer and a good soul and to me that is the perfect combination.”
Devonshire busker Luke has called the experience “overwhelming” and praised Ellie’s “unique voice”.
Lastly, Westlife’s frontman Shane Filan will join Nicholas McDonald to perform number one ballad “Flying Without Wings” at the Wembley Arena final.
“Nicholas stood out from the beginning as he has such an incredible voice for someone so young,” Shane said.
Guest acts to appear on the weekend shows include Las Vegas group The Killers, Mercury Prize nominee Tom Odell, judge Gary Barlow, Elton John, Katy Perry and former X Factor contestants One Direction.
The finalists have been getting into the Christmas mood this week with an acoustic rendition of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".
Broadcaster unveils Christmas scheduleTV
Review: Posh journalists just can't get enough of each otherTV
Jeff Fletcher found fame in 1990s
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 4 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Black Mirror Christmas special: Jon Hamm episode will see people 'blocked' in real life
True Detective series 2: Rachel McAdams cast in female lead as 'no-nonsense' detective
Zoella: YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg's debut novel expected to become overnight bestseller
Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC2 - TV review: Fundamentally not just about posh people
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services