X FACTOR UK: RAK SU CROWNED 2017 WINNERS 146

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

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YOUR ULTIMATE TV GUIDE: WHO’S APPEARING ON WHAT? 31

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from The Voice to Sounds Like Friday Night, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James is joined in the studio by special guest Lily Allen. Returning with her first new album in four years, Lily performs two tracks, including her latest single Higher. Sam Smith treats Dotty to an exclusive performance when she meets him backstage at the O2 as he embarks on a world tour. Singer-songwriter James Bay also returns with new music, performing his single Wild Love live in the studio. Australian chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer give a special performance of Want You Back – the lead single from their highly anticipated third album.

There is also part two of Dotty’s trip to Tokyo to meet Little Mix – this week they take on Sounds Like Friday Night’s 60 Seconds of Song challenge. How many of their hits can they cram into one minute?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 13 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Oscar-nominated star of Moonlight and James Bond Naomie Harris, starring together in monster movie Rampage, and Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, appearing in horror anthology Ghost Stories. Roger Daltrey performs his new single As Long as I Have You.

ZOE BALL ON SATURDAY – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
To kick start her brand new show Zoe Ball will be joined by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey and Radio 1 DJ Greg James. Plus, there’s music in the studio from award-winning US band Walk The Moon.

HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE – SATURDAY 14 APRIL @ 19.30 ON ITV
Helping Harry Hill fill the fun capsule and prevent an alien invasion this week are, comedian Micky Flanagan, political journalist Robert Peston, Coronation Street actor Sally Dynevor, and broadcasting legend Anneka Rice.

ZOE BALL ON SUNDAY – SUNDAY 15 APRIL @ 08.30 ON ITV
Zoe Ball eases us into Sunday morning, with celeb chats and music from singer-songwriter Lissie. Plus, The Saturdays’ Mollie King meets Hollywood stars Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning – find out what they make of Zoe’s ‘bag of balls’!

LOOSE WOMEN – MONDAY 16 TO FRIDAY 20 APRIL @12:30 ON ITV
On Monday, Boy George drops by to talk about the upcoming Culture Club tour. Tuesday sees Brian Conley reveal all about his new show Buy It Now. Amanda Redman drops by on Wednesday to discuss the latest series of The Good Karma Hospital, while American actress Kathleen Turner drops in on Thursday. Finally, joining the girls on Friday will be music icons Shaggy and Sting

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 19 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week is TV presenter Scarlett Moffat, First Dates Fed Sirieix and Geordie funny man Chris Ramsey.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 19.30 ON BBC ONE
Greg James and Dotty present and are joined by Canadian chart topper Shawn Mendes. With over four billion views online, Shawn performs two songs live in the studio. Indie rockers The Vaccines perform their new single I Can’t Quit, while Brits Critic Choice winner Jorja Smith delivers a special performance of her track Blue Light.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 20 APRIL @ 22.35 ON BBC ONE
Graham is joined by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Dr Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, Matt LeBlanc, playing himself in the final series of Episodes, actress Maxine Peake, playing a 70s club comedian in Funny Cow and Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman talking about new BBC1 show Britain’s Best Cook. Plus music from Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa, performing new single One Kiss.

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 26 APRIL @ 22.00 ON ITV2
Joining the panel this week are pop sensation John Newman and Celebrity Juice regular Gino ‘Sheffield’ D’Acampo.

HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 31

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.