The Final Countdown

Published Monday, 09 December 2013
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After weeks of drama, tears and some pretty decent singing, we have the three contestants for this year's X Factor Final - step forward Sam Bailey, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend.

While Sam was marked for the final from the moment she sang in her first audition, and Nicholas' huge fan base became evident from the first live show, Luke was a surprise addition to the line-up as he narrowly beat Rough Copy for the final spot

So what are we to expect from the big finale?

Nicole will look amazing and offer some weird/kooky remarks, while Sharon will go on crazy overload in her own fab-ul-ous way.

Gary will remind us he is actually a successful singer/songwriter as he takes to the stage with Elton John and Louis will sit in disbelief that he actually has two acts in the final.

Let's be honest, who would have guessed it?

We will be treated to A LOT pre-recorded footage of how the contestants can't believe they have made it to the final.

They will tell us how much pressure they are under to get it right and then we will get some lovely shots of their supportive families who will say how proud they are of their loved ones no matter what. And that's when I will probably start to cry... seriously....

Sam Bailey will give some belting performances, Nicholas will sing with a confidence far beyond his years (he's 17 don't you know!!) and Luke will put his own twist on a chart favourite and leave us in awe, and somewhat disbelief, that he is actually really good.

These are all aspects of the final that are to be expected and in my opinion they are to be welcomed.

But is this year's winner as predictable as Louis begging for votes.

I would say nearly everyone who watches the X Factor is expecting Sam Bailey to be named X Factor champion 2013.

I will even be so bold as to predict Nicholas will be placed second while Luke will come in third.

I may be right, I may be wrong, but wouldn't it be great if there were some shocks and surprises along the way.

Maybe Louis will sing with Elton and then beg for everyone to vote for him because he deserves to be in the final and he is a readymade pop star!

It could happen...

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Jackie Bell
Jackie Bell

Jackie joined UTV to report on all things entertaining, having previously worked in radio.

She spends her days covering stories from This Morning, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, with the occasional stop at the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the cinema to see whatever is on offer and watching the X Factor (which worked out quite nicely considering her job).

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