Davood Ghadami is the second celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing. The 15th series of the BAFTA award-winning entertainment show produced by BBC Studios will return in the autumn on BBC One putting the sparkle back into Saturday and Sunday nights.

Davood said in a statement:

“Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour. It’s going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!”

Davood is a British actor, best known for his role as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders for which he won Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards. He was also nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Actor at the British Soap Awards. Davood has starred in the BBC One show since 2014 and set pulses racing when he joined as Albert Square’s latest ladies’ man. His first TV appearance was in 2005 on The Bill and his other TV work includes Doctor Who, The Omid Djalili Show, Taggart, Silent Witness, Life’s Too Short, Law & Order, Top Boy and Skins Redux. On stage, Davood has played Amir in 13 at the National Theatre, as well as working extensively for York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre.

Davood Ghadami joins Mollie King who was confirmed as the first celebrity yesterday.

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A X Factor 2017 wild card twist has been confirmed, with the public getting their say.

At the end of judges’ houses on SUNDAY night, details of the wildcard twist will be announced, host Dermot O’Leary teased at the end of tonight’s (Saturday) show.

Viewers will get the opportunity to give a second chance to acts who have been sent home, voting them through to the live shows next weekend.

It’s understood there will be FOUR wild card acts – one in each category.

Quite who could be eligible hasn’t been revealed, with the confirmed details and voting information appearing at the end of Sunday’s show.

At the end of tomorrow’s episode, we’ll know the full list of Top 12 finalists in the live shows, plus those who didn’t make it.

Tonight saw the Girls find out their fate as Sharon Osbourne said goodbye to Alisah Bonaobra, Deanna Mussington and Georgina Panton.

But it was good news for Grace Davies, Rai-Elle Williams and Holly Tandy who are now all in the live shows of The X Factor 2017.

Meanwhile, in the Overs category, it was bad news for Talia Dean, Slavko and Berget Lewis who were all sent home by Nicole Scherzinger.

However Nicole said yes to Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen and Tracy Leanne Jefford who will sing live next weekend.

Sunday night will see the final three acts in the Groups and Boys revealed.

The contestants competing are Simon Cowell’s Groups: The Cutkelvins, Rak-Su, Sean & Conor Price, Jack & Joel, Lemonade and the New Girl Band.

And Louis Walsh’s Boys: Lloyd Macey, Leon Mallett, Spencer Sutherland, Aidan Martin, Jack Mason and Sam Black, who replaced Anthony Russell who quit.

Factor 2017 judges’ houses continues Sunday night from 7PM on ITV.


The first set of judges’ houses results are in!

Offering a glimpse into the jet set lifestyle that The X Factor winner could have, this weekend the four categories travel to glamorous destinations across the world and with just one more chance to impress their mentor, each act will be hoping to convince them that they have the star quality required to reach the live shows.

This evening the focus was on the Girls, in San Francisco with Sharon Osbourne and the Overs, in South Africa with Nicole Scherzinger.

With crucial decisions to be made, each judge has help at hand from guest judges who know all about what it takes to make it in the industry: Nicole is aided by Mobo award-winning, BRIT nominated and man of the moment, grime artist, Stormzy while Sharon makes it a family affair with son Jack and daughter Kelly.


First to find out their fate was Matt Linnin who got a yes. Nicole said: “I think you have a great tone to your voice, I loved your song choice but there’s a lot more work to be done here.”

Next up was Kevin Davy White and Slavko.

Nicole told Slavko: “You’re fun and unique but you’re up against a lot of strong voices. I’m sorry but I’m not able to take you through to the live shows with me”

But it was good news for Kevin who got thes econd yes, as Nicole raved: “You sounded amazing yesterday and we’ve never had anyone like you on the show.”

Berget Lewis got a no from Nicole, who said: “I’m so sorry I’m not going to be able to take you, but you’ve got a gift unlike anyone else, so I know you’re unstoppable.”

That left Tracy Leanne Jefford and Talia Dean fighting over the final place in the live shows for the Overs category.

Talia was the one that missed out, as Nicole told her: “Though you’ve grown vocally I don’t know if you’re the strongest singer. You’re almost there but I don’t think you’re ready.”

That left Tracy Leanne in the live shows: “Your voice sounds like a record, I can hear it on the radio. ”


First of the Girls to discover their results were Deanna Mussington and Rai-Elle Williams.

Rai-Elle got a yes, with Sharon saying: “Your performance was great and my decision is you’re going through.”

Unfortunately, that meant Deanna was the unlucky one to get a no: “It’s not been an easy decision for me at all… I’m going to be sending you home, it’s not just your time right now.”

Georgina Panton also got sent away with Sharon telling her: “You’re an incredible young woman and you have a great voice, but I never know what I’m going to get with you.”

There was then good news for Holly Tandy who got the second yes. Sharon said: “Your performance was magic yesterday.”

That left Alisah Bonaobra and Grace Davies fighting for the last spot.

And it was Grace who won it, as Sharon told her: “It’s not the end of you, you’ve got too much talent!”

Sending Alisah home, Sharon said: “I feel you’re very one dimension, you’re all power ballads and I wanted to see other sides of you. This is a very hard decision and I didn’t come to it lightly.”

The X Factor continues Sunday night with the results of the Groups and Boys judges’ houses.