Rak Su has become the X Factor winner 2017, beating Grace Davies to the title.
Tonight saw the conclusion of a two part final, this year coming from London’s ExCeL Centre for the first time in the show’s history.
The show kicked off with a performance from X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix and latin sensation CNCO who performed a medley of Power and Reggaeton Lento (Remix). The girls – Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall – danced in formation with their backing dancers before jumping up on the judge’s table.
They showed off their vocal prowess before heading back on stage where they were joined by their recent collaborators CNCO. Little Mix then shed their amaizng suits to reveal another outfit underneath with Jade and Leigh-Anne wearing skirts and tops while Jesy wore a bodysuit and Perrie donned fringed trousers and a sparkling crop top.
They had the audience and the judges on their feet as they finished their amazing performance. After their performance, Simon said: “That’s what I call a masterclass – Little Mix I feel so proud right now.
“You’ve become the biggest girl band in the world and you’ve done it your way. “Congratulations. Incredible, incredible job.” Dermot then asked the girls who they are backing to win the show and Jesy replied: “It’s so hard – but Rak-Su – I think it’s time for another band to win.”
The first competitve performance of the night came from Grace Davies, who performed an original song called Nothing But Words. It was an emotive, defiant track that was more up tempo than many of the other songs we have heard from her.
“This is the moment you’ve waited for,” said Louis. “You did all those small gigs all of those years and you had this big dream of making it. It’s your time. You’re an amazing singer, you’re an amazing songwriter, an amazing performer. No matter what happens tonight Grace you’re going to be a star.”
Nicole Scherzinger praised her “empowering” song and said that she couldn’t wait to see what was next for her, while Simon Cowell said that during the small space of time he had got to know her she had wowed him – particularly with that song, Nothing But Words. “Everybody can relate to those lyrics,” said Sharon. “I am just so so happy for you right now.”
Rak-Su then took to the stage with their original track Touché. Before they performed, Simon Cowell revealed that Rak-Su had delivered this new song on Wednesday and that they had written it during the week. He said he was nervous – and the boys were nervous – but that he thought it was going to be incredible. Louis said they were “always exciting” and “always in tune”, while Sharon added: “I don’t have to say one damn word – they’ve said it all for me,” indicating the audience’s deafening reaction. “Rak-Su is a phenomenon,” continued Nicole Scherzinger. “It couldn’t happen to a better group of boys. I’m so happy for you. Congratulations.”
Their mentor Simon Cowell commented with: “What’s happening around us says it all, doesn’t it? Not many artists with this much as stake, rather than just doing something before or an old song, you kept to yourselves and you wrote your own song. And not many people do that.”
The second guest performance of the night came from Grammy Award winning US pop sensation P!nk, who performed her latest hits Beautiful Trauma and What About Us.
Grace then took to the stage with her song of the series, reprising her Week 1 performance of Too Young. “Another brilliant performance,” said Louis, who added that she was “like an established artist” and that he loved that she bared her soul in her lyrics. “I think you are potentially an amazing worldwide recording artist.” Nicole then added that she was an “unbelievable” songwriter with Simon saying that it was a “stunning, stunning song” and that he thought Grace and Rak-Su had changed talent shows “maybe forever” for artists performing original material on talent shows.
The last competitve performance of the series came from Rak-Su, who performed Mona Lisa. Louis reckoned that they had “everything” and that they would follow in the steps of One Direction, Little Mix and JLS on their musical journey. Sharon was pleased that they performed what was her favourite song of theirs, while Nicole said that they were “so cool” and that for her, they were the winners of X Factor 2017.
Simon Cowell had to fight to be heard, but when he was finally able to speak he said “the respect you have given every kid who’s turned up to sign an autograph, the way you’ve treated everyone around you says so much about you as people. That’s why I respect you guys so much. It’s not just about your talent, it’s about your friendship, what you stand for…and why I care that you win this show is that I think you will make a difference and I think you deserve it.”
The first guest performance of the series came from Oscar winning British megastar Sam Smith, who took to the stage with a performance of his new single One Last Song.
It was then time to crown the winner of X Factor 2017, and after weeks of votings, prize fights and eliminations, the 14th champion was announced as Rak-Su, who went on to perform their debut single Dimelo with Naughty Boy and Wyclef Jean