X FACTOR FINAL: KEVIN DAVY WHITE FINISHES IN 3RD PLACE 81

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.

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: JORJA SMITH TO PERFORM WITH RAG N BONE MAN 46

Jorja Smith will become the first BRITs Critics’ Choice winner to perform on The BRITs main show in the same year as winning the award.

The 2017 winner of Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough Act, Rag’n’Bone Man invited the R&B prodigy to perform alongside him following an incredible 12 months since winning the awards. It will be the first time that two Critics’ Choice winners have performed together on The BRITs stage.

Jorja was one of the live highlights of The BRITs Nominations Launch which broadcast live on ITV1 on 13 January, stunning the audience at home and in the studio with her single ‘Let Me Down’ featuring Stormzy. Jorja will embark on a sold out UK headline tour ahead of The Awards show. 

On the announcement, Jorja said: “I can’t believe I’ll be performing at The BRIT Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man has had an incredible year and is such a crazy talent. When he asked me at the end of last year to perform I was so happy as it’s a real honour to be sharing the stage with him.” 

Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album ‘Human’ went straight to No.1 in February, achieving the fastest selling UK male debut of the decade and selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “It will be an amazing moment from two incredible artists: One artist who has achieved huge success last year performing with another artist who is about to do the same this year. Jorja’s performance on the launch show was simply stunning and I cannot wait to see her perform with Rag’n’Bone Man on the main show.”

The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard – Celebrate with us on 21 February 2018!

UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES REVEALED 46

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.