X FACTOR UK: RAK SU CROWNED 2017 WINNERS 187

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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BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT 2018: SEMI FINALISTS REVEALED 32

The final 40 acts going through to next week’s Britain’s Got Talent semi finals have been revealed.

The Golden Buzzers
Marc Spelmann:
Ant & Dec’s golden buzzer. 46-year-old magician from London, performed a mind reading routine involving the judges and his daughter.

Donchez Dacres
David Walliams’ golden buzzer. Donchez Dacres is a 60-year-old AA man who got everyone on their feet with his original song ‘Wiggle Wine.

Gruffydd Wyn Roberts
Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer. Gruffydd Wyn Roberts is a 22-Year-old singer from Amlwch on the Isle-of-Anglesey in North Wales.

Lifford Shillingford
Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer. He is a 42-year-old singer from South London, who previously performed with Artful Dodger on their hit Please Don’t Turn Me On.
Tim and Jack Goodacre. Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer. 43-year-old Dad, Tim and 12-year-old Jack are from Norwich.

THE SEMI FINALISTS

DVJ aka Diversity Juniors.
A dance group of 10 school children, aged 10-18 years old.

B-Positive Choir
Official choir of the NHS Blood and Transplant, made up of 48 members from all over the UK. They sang Andra Day’s Rise Up

Robert White
41-year-old music teacher and comedian from West Sussex. Robert performed a comedy song about the judges.

Calum Courtney
10-year-old singer from Essex. Callum performed Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Lovin’ You”.

Andrew Lancaster
Impressed with celebrities including Donald Trump, Brian Cox, Nigel Farage and Russel Brand.

RISE Unbroken
A group of 11 dancers aged between 10 -24 years old. The group performed a dance with wheelchairs to help one of the members, Hollie Booth, get back into dancing following injuries she sustained during the Manchester terror attack in 2017.

Amy Marie Borg
Amy Marie Borg is a 16-year-old student and singer from Malta. Amy performed Nella Fantasia.

The Ratpackers
Dennis DeMille (51) and Marvin Muoneke (22) are modern day Rat Pack singers from Weston Supermare. ​

Baba Yega
Baba Yega are a dance group made up of five mysterious dancers.

Mandy Muden
Mandy Muden is a full-time comedy magician from London.

Jenny Darren
68-year-old singing retiree from Birmingham, living in the Cotswolds.

Father Ray Kelly
64-year-old Parish Priest, from Oldcastle, Co. Meath in Ireland. He sang ‘Everybody Hurts’ by R.E.M.

Cali Swing
A group of 10 dancers aged 9-14 years old, living in London. All of the children are from a Latin American background and danced to a salsa song.

Lost Voice Guy
Lee Ridley, a 37-year-old comedian from Newcastle, Lee has cerebral palsy which has left him unable to speak, so used his iPad to deliver a unique comedy routine.

The D-Day Darlings
The D-Day Darlings are a wartime themed choir made up of nine girls aged 27-39.

Micky P Kerr
Micky P Kerr is a 36-year-old part-time Primary School Teacher who performs original comedy songs.

Maddox Dixon
Magician who performed a number of magic tricks with a Rubik’s Cube

Olena UUTAi
31-year-old musician Olena UUTAi from Russia.

Sarah Llewellyn
Opera singer who performs stripping, doing contortion and eating cake.

Bring It North (formerly Made Up North)
Made Up North are a group of singers made up of five schoolchildren aged 10-11 from the North of England.

Ronan Busfield
A 33-year-old singer and HR worker for Tesco.

Aleksandar Mileusnic
Aleksandar Mileusnic is a 23-year-old council worker and singer from Stevenage.

Matt Johnson
43-year-old from Rotherham, living in Canada. Matt performed an escapology trick, locked and chained inside a tank filled with water.

Acrocadabra (Spotlight Stage School)
Spotlight Stage School are a dance group aged between 9-17 from Birmingham. The group perform a dance and acrobatics routine together with some magic tricks.

Futunity
Futunity are a dance group aged between from 8-24 years-old. who freak out the judges when they appear appear dressed as zombies.

Shameer Rayes
19 years old Shameer Rayes from Manchester follows his older brother Shaquille’s performance. Shameer performs a dance routine as a doll that comes alive.

DMU Gospel Choir
Gospel choir from Leicester. They sang a medley of “I Will Follow Him/ Oh Happy Day”.

Mr Uekusa
30-year-old comedian from Japan. Kazuhisa Uekusa performed table cloth tricks – whilst naked.

Nick Page
Nick is a Comedian from Gloucestershire who performs a stand-up routine after revealing hopes of starting a family with his wife.

Ellie and Jeki
Performers Ellie (34) and Jeki (29) are a married couple from South Korea who perform a quick-change act.

Giang Brothers
Quoc Co (33) and Quoc Nghiep (29) are brother from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. They performed an acrobatic balancing routine.

Marty Putz
55-year-old inventor and comedian from Canada, living in Los Angeles. He showcased his wacky inventions.

Noel James
Noel James is a 52-year-old exam invigilator and comedian from Wales.

Magus Utopia
Magus Utopia is a group of fantasy illusionists from the Netherlands who freak out everyone with their performance.

Lexie and Christopher.
School children Lexie (10) and Christopher (10) are a Latin ballroom duo from Manchester and Sheffield.

The Britain’s Got Talent 2018 live shows air from Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 1.

The semi-finals will air from 7:30PM on ITV with a group contestants performing each evening and two acts will make it through.

The ten finalists will then go head to head in the grand finale next Sunday night, June 3.

JAMES CORDEN TO BRING LATE LATE SHOW TO LONDON NEXT MONTH 31

The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.