The nation’s most competitive singing competition is back on live television this weekend, with the final 16 contestants on The X Factor all battling it out across two nights of epic talent and performances. The theme for this weekend has been revealed as ‘Express Yourself’, whilst the song choices for each act has also been revealed.

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This weekend, the categories are to be split across both Saturday and Sunday, with Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger showcasing their group acts and the ‘Overs’ respectively on the Saturday, before Louis Walsh’s boys and Sharon Osbourne’s girls on the Sunday.

Whilst the Wildcard contestants haven’t officially been revealed yet, they will be shown on the lives this weekend – hosted of course by Dermot O’Leary. For now though, you can check out the first 12 acts’ song choices below:


  • Grace Davies: ‘Too Young’ (Original Song)
  • Rai-Elle Williams: ‘Doo Wop (That Thing) / Lost Ones / No’ (Lauryn Hill / Meghan Trainor)
  • Holly Tandy: ‘Hollow’ (Tori Kelly)


  • Rak-Su: ‘Mamacita’ (Original Song)
  • Sean and Connor Price: ‘Strong’ (London Grammar)
  • The Cutkelvins: ‘What About Us’ (P!nk)


  • Lloyd Macey: ‘City of Stars’ (La La Land)
  • Spencer Sutherland: ‘Who You Are’ (Jessie J)
  • Sam Black: ‘Faith’ (Stevie Wonder ft. Ariana Grande)


  • Kevin Davy White: ‘Stay’ (Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko)
  • Matt Linnen: ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’ (Alessia Cara)
  • Tracyleanne Jefford: ‘Written in the Water’ (Gin Wigmore)

Tasked with choosing a song that best represents them as a person, it’s interesting to note that Grace and Rak-Su are the only acts to bring originality to proceedings, writing their own material and putting enough confidence in themselves and their talents that they think it’ll be exactly what takes them through to next week’s show.

With eliminations promised on both Saturdays and Sundays each week now, the stakes are higher than ever before on The X Factor, and judges will be on the edge of their seats begging the public for votes and hoping their acts make it through.

The X Factor live shows kick off tomorrow night (Saturday October 28) on ITV at 8.20pm, before continuing on Sunday, October 29 at 7pm.

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