Published Friday, 11 October 2013
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Sharon gives the Overs a pep-talk
The Final 12 behind the scenes
Rough Copy take us on a house tour
Sam's life as a finalist
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All 12 finalists will be competing over the weekend in a bid to keep their place in the show.
"I had a conversation with a really good friend of mine and he watched the show and he thinks you're all fabulous," Sharon told her acts coyly.
Cue shocked gasps from her star-struck trio of Shelley Smith, Sam Bailey and Lorna Simpson.
"And he wishes you all the best," Mrs O added, before joining the ladies in a toast.
And they will be set out to impress the judges and the audience - both in the studio and at home - this weekend as all 12 hopefuls tackle the big, brassy, bold '80s Week' theme.
UTV can reveal that rock anthems like Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer and Bryan Adams classic Summer of '69 will be featuring in the line-up, alongside power ballads like Heart's Alone.
So expect plenty of oomph from some of the show's strongest contenders.
Back at the house where they're staying, all of the acts are working hard to up their game.
"Working with Annie, our vocal coach, is so amazing because I've never done that kind of thing before," Tamara Foster enthused.
But while the 16-year-old has displayed incredible talent, apparently there is much more to come.
"She's about three out of 10 at the moment - that's how much better she could be," tough taskmaster Annie smiled.
For Hannah Barrett, things are proving tough though because she's still on voice rest.
"Her vocal chords have not 100% repaired," Annie warned ominously.
As the hopefuls try to get used to the celebrity lifestyle, tune in to UTV on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm to find out how they fare.
X Factor's 80s Week Songlist
- Abi Alton - Livin' On A Prayer
- Sam Bailey - Power of Love
- Hannah Barrett - What's Love Got To Do With It
- Sam Callahan - Summer of '69
- Tamera Foster - Ain't Nobody
- Luke Friend - Every Breath You Take
- Kingsland Road - I'm Your Man
- Nicholas McDonald - True
- Miss Dynamix - Jump
- Rough Copy - In The Air Tonight
- Lorna Simpson - So Emotional
- Shelley Smith - Alone
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