X-Factor live returns with a bang

The first of the X-Factor’s live shows this year hit our screens at 8pm with an 80s night, testing the new performer’s nerves in front of a live audience of millions.

X-Factor live returns with a bang

The first of the X-Factor’s live shows this year hit our screens at 8pm with an 80s night, testing the new performer’s nerves in front of a live audience of millions.

Abi Alton stripped down bon Jovi’s classic “Living on a Prayer”, Hannah chose “What’s Love Got to Do With it?”, and Tamera Foster took a stab at Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”.

Sam Bailey bravely tried “The Power of Love”, Lorna Simpson belted out “So Emotional”, while Shelly Smith took on “Alone”.

In the groups, Kingsland Road sang “I’m your Man”, Miss Dynamix tried the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump, while Rough Copy slowed things down with Phil Collin's "In the Air Tonight."

Nicky performed a version of Spandau Ballet’s “True”, Sam tried his hand at "Summer of 69", and Luke battled through “Every Breath You Take”.

Meanwhile, last year’s finalists have been back in the media showcasing their achievements in the year since they appeared on the show.

James Arthur

Last year’s winner was wildly successful, selling 2.5 million copies of his first single- coming in just behind Alexandra Burke for the most copies sold by an X-Factor winner.

His first album is in the works for November, with the first single – "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" – already released to radio stations.

Arthur’s been working on his appearance, hitting the gym. He also recently told reporters he’s careful about his hair and gets the odd spray tan.

Jahmene Douglas

Second-place winner Douglas has had a good year. He picked up a record deal in December 2012 straight from the show, and released his first album in July. It hit number one in the UK charts.

Now, he’s working on his latest music video.

Christopher Maloney

Last year’s wildcard has had a very busy year. He came out as gay in March, signed a record deal in April, and will release his first single shortly on October 27. He’s also been battling widespread abuse and threats online and off from people who recognise him

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