As the nation’s number 1 singing show reaches its spectacular climax this week, the three finalists in the competition – Luke Friend, Nicholas McDonald and Sam Bailey – will be duetting with host of famous musical stars in one last bid to impress, as they battle it out to be crowned winner of The X Factor 2013 and land a life changing record contract.
Sam Bailey will be joined on the Wembley stage by X Factor’s very own judge, and international pop-superstar Nicole Scherzinger for an exclusive performance of the iconic ballad ‘And I Am Telling You’.
Without any acts left in the final, Nicole is championing all three finalists. Talking about her duet with Sam, she said: “I’m so excited to be singing with the beautiful and talented Sam Bailey we’re are going to have so much fun and scha-diva it out this weekend on the X Factor stage! Stay tuned…”
Sam Bailey said, “To be performing a duet with Nicole is amazing. It’s Nicole Scherzinger – what more can I say. She’s stunning, has the most spectacular voice and it will be an honour to share the stage with her. She has such soul when she sings and I couldn’t be happier to duet with her.”
Luke Friend will be teaming up with the award winning, singer songwriter Ellie Goulding. They will merge their unique musical style to perform ‘Anything Could Happen’ from Ellie’s platinum selling album Halcyon.
Ellie said: “I’m really excited to perform with lovely Luke He’s a crazy talented singer and a good soul and to me that is the perfect combination. I love the tone of his voice and his stage presence. It’s very, very cool to be a part of the live X Factor show.”
Talking about his making it to The X Factor Final and having the opportunity to collaborate with Ellie, Luke said: “From being a Devonshire busker to playing on the show in front of millions is overwhelming. To perform with one of my favourite artists in the industry will be incredible, when Ellie sings you know exactly who it is she has such a unique voice. It’s going to be an absolute honour.
Nicholas McDonald will join forces with Westlife’s frontman Shane Filan to perform an unmissable performance of the group’s iconic number one hit single ‘Flying Without Wings’. Shane has supported Nicholas throughout his X Factor experience, after being one of Louis’ guest judges this year.
He said: “I am honoured that Louis asked me to duet with Nicholas on The X Factor Final this weekend. I was with him at Judges’ Houses this year and Nicholas stood out from the beginning as he has such an incredible voice for someone so young. It’s been exciting to watch him every weekend, and I hope that I can help him in the final to go all the way”
Nicholas said, “I’m so excited about this week, I’ve always watched The X Factor and dreamed about reaching the final and having the chance to sing at Wembley. It is such a big achievement and I’m overwhelmed and honoured to be singing with Shane as I’ve always been a massive Westlife fan. I can’t wait for Saturday!”
A whole host of A-list musical superstars and pop icons have also been lined up to perform and celebrate the biggest night in music television. The Killers and Tom Odell will perform on Saturday, with Gary Barlow and Elton John, Katy Perry and One Direction performing on Sunday.