THE X FACTOR FINAL: CNCO, PRETTYMUCH, SAM SMITH, LOUIS TOMLINSON, P!NK AND LITTLE MIX TO PERFORM 87

A world class line up has been revealed for next week’s X Factor final.

Global megastars P!nk and Sam Smith, US boyband PRETTYMUCH, One Direction star turned soloist Louis Tomlinson, Latin sensations CNCO and the biggest girlband in the world Little Mix will take to the stage at London’s ExCeL in the biggest weekend ever.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released 7 albums (Can’t Take Me Home, M!ssundaztood, Try This, I’m Not Dead, Funhouse, Greatest Hits So Far!!!, The Truth About Love), sold over 40 million albums, 65 million singles (nearly 20 million digital tracks), over 1 million DVDs worldwide and has had 14 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (4 at #1).  In addition, 15 of P!nk’s singles have reached #1 in at least 1 or more countries. She is the recipient of over 100 Music Awards including 5 Billboard Music Awards, 1 BRIT Awards, 1 Daytime Emmy Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 2 MTV EMAs, 7 MTV VMAs, 2 Kids’ Choices Awards, 1 Q Award, 1 Teen Choice Award and many more. . P!nk’s most recent effort, The Truth About Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in 6 other countries. The album marks P!nk’s first #1 debut in the US and a personal first week sales best. The album is certified platinum in the US and was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. The Truth About Love produced the smash singles “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try” and “Just Give Me A Reason” ft. Nate Reuss which marks P!nk’s 12th, 13th and 14th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Just Give Me A Reason” has sold over 4.5 million singles, makes P!nk’s fourth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for 2 2014 Grammy Awards for the coveted Song of The Year category and Best Pop Duo/Group. P!nk recently wrapped her The Truth About Love World tour after playing 140 shows in 13 countries. In December 2013, P!nk received the honor of being named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Her latest album Beautiful Trauma
scored her a UK number 1 album. She’s had 3 UK Number 1 singles and 2 UK Number 1 albums.

Sam Smith has amassed an array of prestigious accolades including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall), four Grammys, three BRIT Awards, six Mobo Awards and two Guinness World Records. Sam’s multi-platinum selling album In The Lonely Hour has sold over 12.4m copies globally, breaking records in America as the highest first week sales for a UK male artist’s debut album. His new single Too Good At Goodbyes went to number one in its first week making it his sixth number one single in the UK.

Louis Tomlinson will take to the stage on Saturday for a world exclusive performance of his new single Miss You. Having started his music career on The X Factor, the 25-year-old has grown into an international superstar alongside his band-mates. The band went on to experience success after they signed with Cowell’s Syco imprint in 2010, with their first studio effort, Up All Night arriving the following November. Subsequent years saw the release of Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014), and Made in the A.M. (2015), all of which were monumentally successful and charted at number one. Tomlinson and American DJ Steve Aoki released their collaborative single “Just Hold On” on 10 December 2016. Tomlinson and Aoki performed the song live for the first time on The X Factor UK season finale on the day of its release. Tomlinson dedicated the song and performance to his late mother. In July 2017, Tomlinson released the single “Back to You” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, preceding his debut studio album via his own record label, Triple String.[m Later, it was announced that Tomlinson had signed a record deal with Epic Records. In an interview with BBC Music, Tomlinson said lyrically his debut album is inspired by Arctic Monkeys and Oasis.

Little Mix will be back with a exclusive performance, including a exclusive duet with CNCO of their summer smash Reggenton Lento. Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have established themselves as Britain’s biggest pop band. Their latest album ‘Glory Days’, led by the #1 lead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, is the biggest selling album by a female group this Millennium.

Little Mix signed to SYCO records upon winning the X Factor in 2011 and shot straight to No.1 in the UK with their debut single ‘Cannonball’. The girls’ second single ‘Wings’ went straight in at No. 1 after its release in August 2012, with their debut album ‘DNA’ (released in Nov 2012) charting at No. 3 in the UK album chart. ‘DNA’ debuted at No.4 in the US Billboard Chart, making it the highest Billboard entry chart position for a debut album by a British girl-group.

Their highly anticipated third album, ‘Get Weird’, was released in November 2015. Little Mix’s first single from the new album, ‘Black Magic’, went straight to No. 1 in the UK charts and remained at the No.1 spot for 3 weeks, reaching Platinum sales.

Little Mix completed 34 sold out dates on the Get Weird Arena tour in the UK & Ireland – the biggest UK arena tour of the 2016. They then went on to play Australia, South East Asia and Europe throughout summer 2016 as well as performing at Capital Summertime ball and on the main stage at V Festival.

In October 2016, Little Mix announced their fourth studio album ‘Glory Days’. Effervescent lead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ was released with a bang after a sensational performance on the latest series of the X Factor and shot straight to Number 1 on the iTunes Chart in over 10 countries.

Following their stellar performance opening the 2017 BRIT Awards and ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ taking home the BRIT Award for Best British Single, Little Mix delivered a standout performance of their hits ‘Touch’ and ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ at ‘Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in LA, where they picked up the Favourite Global Music Star gong.

2017 has seen Little Mix tour the US with Ariana Grande, along with completing a run of 17 sold-out Summer Shout Out shows in the UK this summer.

The girls embarked on their Glory Days tour in Europe and Australia and continue the tour across the UK tour this Autumn with the biggest arena tour of 2017.

Little Mix currently holds the record for the most VEVO Certified Videos for a British female artist, as well as the most certified videos for a girl group, with 13 certified videos in total. They have sold over 36 million records worldwide and have scored 4 UK Number 1 Singles and a UK Number 1 Album.

CNCO is Latin music’s newest phenomenon. This group emerged from Univisión’s musical competition, La Banda, which is executive-produced by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment, the global icon Ricky Martin, Univisión Communications Inc., and Haim Saban’s Saban Brands. It is co-produced by FremantleMedia Latin America. At the conclusion of this 13-week program, five contestants were able to achieve their goal of joining CNCO – Christopher Vélez, Erick Brian Colón, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesús. They won over millions of viewers, along with the renowned judges of La Banda: Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz. Winning a spot on this band comes with the reward of a recording contract with Sony Music Latin, and a management deal with an all-pro team led by Ricky Martin. Comprising five young men, this group is really to show its talent to the world and launch a long-lasting career. Just one day after being announced as the winners on La Banda, CNCO accomplished the milestone of its first public performance, singing at New York City’s Times Square as part of Univisión’s ¡Feliz 2016! program to ring in the new year. They’re now immersed in the recording studio where they’re preparing their first album, which is being produced by the urban-music legend Wisin. The group’s first single, “Tan Fácil” (So Easy), debuted in late January. Just hours after its release, it reached #1 on the iTunes Latin singles chart.
On January 30, CNCO gave its first full concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Even bigger stages awaited the group in February and March, as CNCO joined the legendary Ricky Martin’s One World Tour, opening for him on his Puerto Rico, Argentina and Chile performances. Afterwards, the group traveled to Ecuador for a promotional tour that allowed the members to meet their quickly growing legions of fans, known as CNCOwners, in the Andean nation. The group also visited major media outlets, giving interviews with the national and international press.

Making their UK debut will be US boyband PRETTYMUCH. The five-member group first popped up on Instagram in February and have been filling their feed with dance and song covers ever since, performing everything from Drake‘s “Passionfruit” to Michael Jackson‘s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”Like most iconic boy bands before them (Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, One Direction, etc.), there are five of them. Austin Porter is the oldest, having just turned 20 in August. He’s from a small town in North Carolina, and he’s the one with floppy blond hair and a super artsy Instagram. Nick Mara, from Manalapan, New Jersey, is 19, and got his start as a hip-hop dancer; he’s arguably the most fleet-footed of the bunch. Then there’s Edwin Honoret, a Bronx, New York, native who got his start singing cover songs on Instagram. You can usually find him rocking a fanny pack (and somehow making it look cool). The Canadian of the group is Zion Kuwonu, a health nut with dreads who’s 18 and from Ontario. And the youngest is Brandon Arreaga, a bespectacled 17-year-old from Corinth, Texas, who’s also a talented producer. Each of the guys were pursuing solo careers when Cowell recognized their potential, plucked them out of obscurity, and melded them into a group that inked a deal with Columbia Records and SYCO Entertainment. Sound familiar? That’s because Cowell has done the same thing with One Direction and Fifth Harmony — clearly it’s a business model that works. They were formed into a group in 2016, and moved into a house in Los Angeles shortly afterward. For a year, they worked on perfecting their vocals and dance moves, and also took time to get to know one another — they’ve said they wanted to become friends first, bandmates second. The official PRETTYMUCH Instagram account launched on February 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day, awww), and they filled their feed with videos of them performing a cappella covers (everything from Drake to Michael Jackson), dancing, skateboarding, and throwing pool parties. Through word of mouth, buzz-worthy videos, and a constant social media presence, they quickly built up a fervent fanbase begging for more.Their fans are lovingly nicknamed BEANZ. The guys have shared two singles thus far. The first was “Would You Mind,” a massive, ‘90s-influenced banger written by hitmaker Savan Kotecha (who also wrote One Direction’s breakout hit, “What Makes You Beautiful,” along with The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side,” to name a few). Once it became permanently lodged into the brains of all who heard it (seriously, it’s an earworm), they followed up with “Teacher,” a playful, R&B-leaning jam that, according to the guys, is all about “women empowerment.” PRETTYMUCH haven’t announced a title or release date as of yet, but a full album is definitely imminent. Speaking to MTV News about it, they revealed that they have a “nice arsenal of songs” so far, with a French Montana feature, Spanish flavor, a cappella action, reggae, and even “campfire vibes” courtesy of Ed Sheeran, who wrote them a tune. Sounds like these guys are very much laying the groundwork for a PRETTYMUCH takeover.

P!nk, Sam Smith, PRETTYMUCH, Louis Tomlinson, CNCO and Little Mix will take to the stage over the weekend in what will be the biggest weekend of the year!

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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