Kevin Davy White has finished third place on this year’s The X Factor, missing out on a place in Sunday’s grand final.
The last six weeks have seen 16 finalists whittled down to just 3, with some shock results along the way.
Tonight saw the start of a two part final, this year coming from London’s ExCeL Centre for the first time in the show’s history. This weekend also saw former The X Factor finalists Stacey Solomon and George Shelley presenting in the audience.
The show kicked off with a performance of Sing It Back by Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra featuring Becky Hill, before Grace, Kevin and Rak-Su took to the stage with You Got The Love.
Kevin Davy White kicked off the final, performing Led Zepplin’s Whole Lotta Love. “Led Zeppelin at The X Factor, I never thought I’d see the day!” said Louis, with Sharon Osbourne adding: “You are so brave to take on that song, you really are. And let me tell you, you rocked the place…I am so happy that you’re here. You belong right there.”
Simon Cowell said: “Someone’s turned up to win it, irhgt? You know what, this is what I’ve loved about you. You could’ve done something very safe, very boring…what I’m saying kevin its that I think you’re in with a real shot tonight Kevin.”
Kevin’s mentor Nicole Scherzinger said that he “ripped it” on the stage and that she was “so proud” of him.
Grace Davies was up next, performing Wings’ Live And Let Die. “You get better and better every single week and you can sing any kind of music. I believe this is the start of a massive, massive music career,” said Louis.
Simon said that everyone talks about Grace being a great songwriter and said that she had made a “big difference” to the show this year, adding that her rendition was “classy and cool”. Nicole loved the arrangement of the song and that she did a “beautiful job”, while mentor Sharon said that she belonged on the stage. “You’re an amazing songwriter, amazing singer and a great performer.”
Rak-Su then took to the stage with Mamacita. “For me, this is just the start for you guys,” said Louis, with Sharon adding: “I’ve said it before, but your melody lines in your song are the best. They are so infectious and we can’t get your songs out of my head. All of us. It’s such a gift that you have everybody adores you.”
Nicole Scherzinger described them as a “phenomenon” and praised their “synergy” and that their music needed to be in the market place today. Although it was difficult to actually hear what the judges had to say over the screams of everyone in the arena…
It was then time for the first of tonight’s guest performances, with the newest boyband on the block PRETTYMUCH taking to the stage with a world exclusive of their new single No More.
It was then time for the world famous duets. The winner of The X Factor 2017 will release their Winner’s Duet on Sunday, 3rd December at approximately 10pm GMT! Yaaas! What’s more, all proceeds from the track are in aid of children’s hospice charities, Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. The Winner’s Duet will be available to download and stream after the winner has been announced on Sunday night and will be The X Factor’s 10th charity release. Simco Limited will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each download and in respect of all audio streaming of the single, and the Chancellor has also agreed to donate the VAT, in each case to be shared equally by Together For Short Lives, registered charity no. 1144022 and Shooting Star Chase, registered charity no. 1042495. This donation will be at least 20p plus VAT for each download sold in the UK. FremantleMedia Limited, ITV and all performers featuring on the single have also agreed to forgo any master royalties due to them in connection with downloads and all audio streaming of the single.
The first duet of the night came from Kevin Davy White, who duetted with multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Tokio Myers on the George Michael classic Fastlove. Nicole first of all praised Tokio before saying that Kevin had a “special gift” and that he brought people together through music. “You’re one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met,” she added.
Grace Davies then took the stage with her original hit Roots, duetting with BRIT Award winning superstar Paloma Faith. Sharon thanked Paloma and said that she had been “so giving” to Grace before adding that it was “such a hit” and that it would be a “dream” if Grace won.
Rak-Su duetted with producer Naughty Boy and Grammy Award winning superstar Wyclef Jean on their original song Dimelo. Simon said: “I want to say thank you, Wyclef, Naughty Boy, and to you guys for just doing it your way. I could not be more proud of you.”
The vote was then frozen, before we was treated to a world exclusive performance from The X Factor’s very own Louis Tomlinson, who performed his new single Miss You.
It was then revealed that Grace Davies and Rak-Su had scored the most votes, meaning Kevin Davy White had finished in 3rd place.
Tomorrow night, the final concludes with performances from Grammy Award winning megastar P!nk, Multi award winning superstar Sam Smith, latin sensation CNCO and the biggest girlband in the world Little Mix.