THE X FACTOR: THE CUTKELVINS & LLOYD MACEY ELIMINATED 68

Lloyd Macey and The CutKelvins have just missed out on a place in The X Factor Final after being eliminated in tonight’s semi final.

Tonight’s show saw the final 5 contestants perform a song which they believed gave them the best chance at making the final.

Welsh wonder Lloyd Macey kicked the show off with Coldplay classic Fix You. And the judges reckon he deserves a spot in the final.

“What can I say other than, annoyingly brilliant,” Simon said. It actually reminded me of christmas, it made me feel happy. I think that should get you into the final next week.”

“Lloyd you were like the angel of music up there tonight,” Nicole said, before her next statement – “from one vocalist to another – but the rest of” led to the rest of comments being drowned out by the sound of Louis and Simon clearing their throats ironically.

Louis added: “It was the perfect song but you’ve got the perfect voice. Please get him in the final”.

Watford lads Rak-Su were next to perform, reprising their audition song I’m Feeling You. And the judges reckons these guys have secured a place in the final too.

Louis said: “You’ve made so much progress, you have to be in the final. This is a hit record.”

Sharon was equally impressed: “Everything you do is just brilliant.See ya next week.”

While Nicole said it wasn’t their best performance of the series, she admitted that they’d probably be in the final, before adding a typically bizarre comparison: “you’re pizza, everybody loves pizza and there’s a topping for everyone.”

Simon had some particularly high praise: “we make shows like this in the hope that we find artists like you.”

Scottish siblings The CutKelvins took to the stage next with their take on Robin S’ Show Me Love, the song they performed at the six chair challenge. And the judges feared they didn’t do enough to progress into the final.

“Guys, what a tough night,” Sharon said. The competition here with you all is so huge cause you’re all so great. you’re in your comfort zone now. I hope you’re here next week.

Nicole wasn’t so sure. “I know that 2 people are going home tonight, but I don’t know if that was cutting edge enough for you to be in the final,” she said.

Simon added: “I’m frustrated cause I didn’t like the production behind you tonight. You guys haven’t compromised – you are the underdogs, I’m not gonna lie – but i think there’s enough people who want you in the final next week.”

The last remaining Over Kevin Davy White took to the stage with Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

“Everything is real about you,” Louis said. “Its so unusual to hear a Jimi Hendrix song on X Factor, but it all worked.”

Simon said: “As Nicole would say, you’ve just put your balls on the line. That was honestly incredible.”

Nicole compared him to a boxing legend: “for me, there is no competition: you are the Muhammad Ali of this competition and nobody else compares.”

“I loved it”, Sharon added.

The final girl Grace Davies closed the show with an original song called Wolves.

Simon said: “That was like me listening to someone who comes back onto the show with a hit record. What you guys are doing with your originality and new material, you’re coming in every week with hit records You deserve to be there next week.”

“Grace you’re so blessed because you truly have a gift for songwriting,” Nicole said. “You have such a great skill. My only thing to you is just enjoy it, because its going to be a beautiful ride.”

Louis was adamant that she should make it to the final: “you have to be in the final because you’re original, you’re hardworking”.

“That song is a hit single, it really, really is”, Sharon said. “I don’t know how you do it. You take my breath away each week.”

Global megastar Ed Sheeran then performed his new single Perfect, before Dermot announced that the vote was now closed.

It was then announced that the acts who had made the final were Rak-Su, Grace Davies and Kevin Davy White, which meant we had to say goodbye to Lloyd Macey and The CutKelvins.

Next week, it’s the X Factor final and performing live are global megastars P!nk and Sam Smith, US boyband PRETTYMUCH, One Direction star turned soloist Louis Tomlinson and the biggest girlband in the world Little Mix.

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UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES REVEALED 41

Here is our exclusive guide to all the upcoming TV appearances. Check back daily for updates.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER (9PM ON ITV2)
Emmerdale cast members Danny Miller and Adam Thomas are joined by Love Island’s Scott Thomas (who is also Adam’s twin!). They’ll encounter freaky children, a haunted ambulance and an art gallery from hell.

8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (9PM ON CHANNEL 4)
Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson take on guest captain Kevin Bridges and Jessica Knappett. John Cooper Clarke is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, and Rachel Riley is in charge of the letters and numbers.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
On Graham’s sofa: Dame Helen Mirren, starring in supernatural horror film Winchester; Oscar-nominated Liam Neeson, starring in action thriller The Commuter; Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed, the final part of the erotic trilogy; and music from singer-songwriter Sigrid, who performs Strangers.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER (9.30PM ON ITV)
The star-studded panel in this edition of the fulsomely funny programme are comedian Paddy McGuinness, Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, and presenter Scarlett Moffatt.

INSERT NAME HERE – MONDAY 22 JANUARY (10PM ON BBC TWO)
In the final episode of the series, Josh is joined by Tom Davis and historian Kate Williams and Richard is joined by Robert Peston and Aisling Bea.

HARRY HILL’S TEA TIME – TUESDAY 23 JANUARY (8.30PM ON SKY ONE)
Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter is next to brave Harry Hill’s crazy kitchen. And it’s rather fortunate timing because the kitchen’s resident pet sausage could give birth at any moment. Expect funny clips and hilarious sketches as Harry puts roast turkey on the menu, pokes fun at Jenny’s hit film The Railway Children and challenges her to mould a bust of Jeremy Paxman out of stuffing.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 25 JANUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! jungle contestants George Shelley, Joe Swash and Vicky Pattison appear in the third episode attempting to win the cash prize. Will their time in the jungle prepare them for the forest?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 26 JANUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise talking about his forthcoming blockbuster Mission: Impossible 6. Plus, music and chat from Palmoa Faith, who performs Til I’m Done.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY (9.30PM ON ITV)
On this week’s star-studded panel are presenter Stephen Mulhern, The X Factor judge Louis Walsh and pop star Rochelle Humes.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon and Tanya Bardsley take on the terrifying challenges but most terrifyingly of all, not drink Champagne for a whole night!

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: musician, entrepreneur and Voice judge will.i.am; stage and screen actor Imelda Staunton starring in new romantic comedy Finding Your Feet; and musical guest George Ezra who performs Paradise.

2018 BRIT AWARDS: THE NOMINATIONS REVEALED 41

The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2018 have been announced, with Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Rag’n’Bone Man leading the way with the most nods.

Dua is up for five gongs at this year’s ceremony, including British Female, British Breakthrough and the coveted Album of the Year with her self-titled debut – the only female act in the category.

She’s also up for British Breakthrough following her success in 2017, as well as British Single and Video for her viral smash and chart-topping single New Rules.

Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran has earned himself a few nominations after a phenomenally successful year – he’s up for British Male, Album of the Year and British Single and Video for Shape Of You. You may remember he had the Official biggest single and album of 2017.

Other big breakthrough acts to score nominations are Rag’n’Bone Man, who is up for three prizes including Album of the Year, as is afrobeats star J HusStormzy completes this year’s best album category with his debut Gang Signs & Prayer.

When it comes to the bands, Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx are competing for British Group, while Foo Fighters and The Killers are among those up for the International Group prize.

For the international artists, Kendrick Lamar will be battling it out with Drake, DJ Khaled, Childish Gambino and Beck for best male, while Taylor Swift, P!nk, Lorde, Bjork and Alicia Keys are nominated for International Female.

This year’s BRIT Awards take place on February 21 and will be broadcast live from London’s O2 Arena on ITV. Check out last year’s winner’s and nominees in full here.

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music
Ed Sheeran
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag’n’Bone Man
Stormzy

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Kate Tempest
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith

BRITISH GROUP
Gorillaz
London Grammar
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice
The xx

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Dave
Dua Lipa
J Hus
Loyle Carner
Sampha

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Jorja Smith – WINNER!
Mabel
Stefflon Don

BRITs GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD – Identified by the global sales success in the calendar year of a British Artist.

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Steve Mac – WINNER!

BRITISH SINGLE
Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – Symphony
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
J Hus – Did You See
Jax Jones featuring Raye – You Don’t Know Me
Jonas Blue featuring William Singe – Mama
Liam Payne featuring Quavo – Strip That Down
Little Mix – Touch
Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran – ÷
J Hus – Common Sense
Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Top ten identified by YouTube/Vevo views. Winner identified during live social vote during TV broadcast on 21st February 2018.
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – Symphony
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
Jonas Blue featuring William Singe – Mama
Liam Payne featuring Quavo – Strip That Down
Little Mix – Touch
ZAYN and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Beck
Childish Gambino
DJ Khaled
Drake
Kendrick Lamar

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Alicia Keys
Björk
Lorde
P!nk
Taylor Swift

INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Haim
The Killers
LCD Soundsystem