THE X FACTOR FINAL: CNCO, PRETTYMUCH, SAM SMITH, LOUIS TOMLINSON, P!NK AND LITTLE MIX TO PERFORM 29

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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ITV CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HIGHLIGHTS 2017 REVEALED 15

A sleigh full of specials, across entertainment, drama, comedy and factual entertainment, will decorate the ITV schedule this Christmas, with an added festive helping of exciting free-to-air film premieres, with Jurassic World and Spectre coming to terrestrial television for the first time.

Chigwell’s favourite trio return to ITV with a feature length one-off Christmas special of Birds of a Feather. Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph reprise their roles as Sharon, Tracey and Dorien in a new adventure for the ladies. (9pm Monday December 18th).

Then to the London Palladium, where Miranda Hart hosts an unforgettable evening of entertainment in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Variety Performance, where a wide range of internationally acclaimed acts and West End stars are brought together for one night only on a single stage.(7.30pm Tuesday December 19th).

The heroes behind the uniforms will be celebrated and honoured in this one off Christmas special on ITV, A Night For The Emergency Services. Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show will feature talented members of the emergency services performing alongside special celebrity guests including Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Leona Lewis and Tokio Myers. (9pm Wednesday December 20th).

Next ITV has a Christmas special with renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo alongside First Dates Maître D Fred Siriex, in which Gino and Gordon will lay on a spectacular banquet for the heroes of 2017. Working against the clock they’ll be assisted by a number of famous faces as the two teams compete to serve the most impressive festive menu. Charming Maître D Fred will not only be tasked with running the service but he’ll be wrangling the results from our deserving diners, whilst keeping the self assured Brit and the feisty Italian apart. Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast will be full of festive delight, celebrating great food and even greater Britons. (9pm Thursday December 21st).

The Pub Landlord is back this Christmas to host a one-off festive special with Al Murray’s Make Christmas Great Again where the country’s favourite landlord will be behind the bar for a festive lock-in, with a host of special guests, interviews and sketches, the ultimate public house party. (9pm Friday December 22nd).

On Christmas Eve afternoon ITV will be making a festive splash in Cannonball: Christmas Special, with Freddie Flintoff, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama. (4pm Sunday December 24th). 

Also on Christmas Eve, Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of The Chase. It’s a Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special as all five chasers try to catch Coronation Street star Patti Clare, comedian Matt Richardson, presenter Kirsty Wark and singer Jimmy Osmond. (5.50pm Sunday December 24th).

Next on Christmas Eve (6.40pm Sunday December 24th), West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, in All Star Musicals. Hosted by Freddie Flintoff, All Star Musicals features a cast of famous faces who will each perform an iconic number from a hit musical at the legendary London Palladium.

At 8.30pm on Christmas Eve Rowan Atkinson is back in 1950’s Paris, investigating another case inMaigret in Montmartre.(8.30pm Sunday December 24th).

Christmas Day treats include 60 minute specials of Coronation Street (8pm) and Emmerdale (5.50pm), and Paul O’Grady will be back at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on his Christmas mission to find new homes for more adorable four-legged friends, in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas.(7pm)

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will be back, in a feature length festive special of ITV’s epic period drama, Victoria at 9pm on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day, Ed Chamberlin hosts live racingaction from the Winter Festival at Kempton Park and the Yorkshire Christmas meeting at Wetherby. He is joined at Kempton Park for expert analysis by AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporters Oli Bell, Luke Harvey, and Rishi Persad, Matt Chapman with the latest betting news, and Richard Hoiles in the commentary box. 

On Boxing Day too, ITV will bring viewers the terrestrial TV premiere of Jurassic World (6.40pm Boxing Day).

On December 30th, viewers are invited to Guess The Star as Jonathan Ross hosts a brand new one-off game show where five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favourite musical icon for a performance. The programme pits three celebrity teams against each other to try and deduce who the disguised stars are, in the shortest time possible. (7pm Saturday December 30th)

On New Year’s Eve, ITV cordially invite you to A Right Royal Quiz (3.30pm Sunday December 31st), Britain’s first ever panel show about the Royal Family and a celebratory and affectionate look at the Royals and the country’s obsession with them. Hosted by Fern Britton, two Royal-loving celebrity teams battle it out to win the prize, the ‘Crown of Right Royalness’. There will also be new Cannonball: Splash Hits (6.50pm Sunday December 31st).

On New Year’s Day Ed Chamberlin kick offs the New Year with the ITV Racing team live at Cheltenham for four races from the home of the National Hunt and two races from Musselburgh. Ed is joined for expert analysis at Cheltenham by Mick FitzGerald and Luke Harvey, with reporting from Rishi Persad and Alice Plunkett, commentary from Richard Hoiles and Sally Ann Grassick reporting from Musselburgh.

New Year’s Day also marks the free-to-air premiere that evening of the latest Bond film, Spectre (8pm January 1st).

Films across the Christmas holiday period on ITV include seasonal treats The Holiday, Santa Claus The Movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Jack Frost, plus family favourites Despicable Me, and Despicable Me 2, the Harry Potter and Hobbit films, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Mr Bean’s Holiday and Babe.

X FACTOR 2017: VOTING STATS REVEALED 19

What a series! Rak-Su may have been crowned your 2017 X Factor winner, but have they always come out on top?

Check out this year’s voting stats below…

Week 1 Saturday
Grace Davies – 21.9%
Holly Tandy – 15.9%
Lloyd Macey – 15.0%
Alisah Bonaobra – 11.8%
Rai-Elle Williams – 11.5%
Leon Mallett – 9.3%
Sam Black – 8.5%
Spencer Sutherland – 6.1%

Week 1 Sunday
Rak-Su – 22.2%
The Cutkelvins – 17.3%
Matt Linnen – 11.9%
Kevin Davy White – 11.1%
Sean & Conor Price – 10.6%
Tracyleanne Jefford – 10.3%
Jack & Joel – 9.2%
Talia Dean – 7.4%

Prize Fight Week 1
Grace Davies – 53.5%
Rak-Su – 46.5%

Week 2 Saturday
Rak-Su – 32.3%
The Cutkelvins – 15.1%
Lloyd Macey – 14.4%
Sam Black – 12.5%
Sean & Conor Price – 10.6%
Jack & Joel – 8.6%
Leon Mallett – 6.5%

Week 2 Sunday
Kevin Davy White – 21.9%
Grace Davies – 18.5%
Holly Tandy – 15.4%
Rai-Elle Williams – 14.3%
Matt Linnen – 13.6%
Alisah Bonaobra – 9.5%
Tracyleanne Jefford – 6.8%

Prize Fight Week 2
Kevin Davy White – 53.6%
Rak-Su – 46.4%

Week 3 Saturday
Kevin Davy White – 25.8%
Rak-Su – 25.7%
Matt Linnen – 14.1%
The Cutkelvins – 13.5%
Sean & Conor Price – 11.2%
Jack & Joel – 9.7%

Week 3 Sunday
Lloyd Macey – 26.4%
Grace Davies – 20.1%
Holly Tandy – 19.7%
Rai-Elle Williams – 14.4%
Sam Black – 11.1%
Alisah Bonaobra – 8.3%

Prize Fight Week 3
Lloyd Macey – 64.3%
Kevin Davy White – 35.7%

Week 4 Saturday
Rak-Su – 36.7%
Lloyd Macey – 22.8%
The Cutkelvins – 18.9%
Sean & Conor Price – 15.4%
Sam Black – 6.2%

Week 4 Sunday
Grace Davies – 26.1%
Matt Linnen – 22.5%
Kevin Davy White – 21.4%
Holly Tandy – 16.1%
Rai-Elle Williams – 13.9%

Prize Fight Week 4
Rak-Su – 61.5%
Grace Davies – 38.5%

Week 5 Saturday
Rak-Su – 26.1%
Kevin Davy White – 19.5%
Lloyd Macey – 19.2%
Grace Davies – 17.2%
The Cutkelvins – 10.1%
Matt Linnen – 7.9%

Week 5 Sunday
Rak-Su – 27.3%
Grace Davies – 26.0%
Kevin Davy White – 18.9%
Lloyd Macey – 18.2%
The Cutkelvins – 9.6%

Week 6 Freeze
Rak-Su – 41.7%
Grace Davies – 35.4%
Kevin Davy White – 22.9%

Week 6 Final
Rak-Su – 51.7%
Grace Davies – 40.1%
Kevin Davy White – 8.2% (Left competition at freeze)