It's Christmas...well nearly, but I can tell you one thing for certain, just four remain and the pressure hasn't been greater. It's the X Factor semi-final and for the second week in a row, they have to sing two songs.
All good things come to an end is what they say and at the weekend it seems that the X Factor may have found itself in the last chance saloon. The problem it is facing is that the competition has become a lighter shade of beige, with Fleur East the only entertainer left in the process. Has the X Factor lost its mojo?
After a week of feeling very poorly, Lauren Platt is lucky to be even singing. The strain of the week really showed, it was her worst vocal of the series to date. Mel B said, "I could feel you weren't into it" Simon said, "I could tell you were straining vocally."
Admittedly Stevi Ritchie was not the greatest voice to grace the live stage but he had something different up his sleeve each week and cut through the monotony of sincere performances of the other acts.
This week, the remaining eight acts will be pushed to their vocal limit. It's just them and a thirty piece big band. They need to show amazing stage presence. It's time to separate the weak from the strong. No pressure then.
Who could forget (although we're desperately trying our hardest to) Dean Gaffney, Helen Flanagan, Matthew Wright and Gillian McKeith.
The spooky costumes and eerie backdrops have been packed away for another year and this weekend we move on with a Michael Jackson vs Queen theme.
This week, let's hope there are more treats than tricks as our remaining 11 acts face their fears... So, 'witch' act will be a 'shining' star and who could be getting swallowed in the 'jaws' of defeat?
While watching ITV's X-factor at the weekend with the family, we were discussing whom we were expecting to win. Although my vote goes to Andrea, you can't deny that both Ben and Paul have something amazing to offer.
The name's Midas, Dean Midas...and tonight, lights, cameras and hopefully plenty of action, it's a Saturday night at the movies theme. Here begins week three of the live shows. By the end of the weekend, another act will fail to meet the 'cut', their dreams in tatters.
The first live show of Number 1's (and some number 2's) is gone, dead, done and dusted, this week 'I heard a rumour' it's an 80's theme, so who you gonna call....to vote for? Last week we lost Overload Generation and Blonde Electra as sixteen became fourteen...
Mr Cowell for me is a straight talker, he sees through the waffle, and he doesn't suffer fools gladly, something we share in common. And to be likened to a man that is massively talented is of course an honour.
So what's gone so wrong? Has the public grown tired of The X Factor? Why hasn't the dream panel managed to revive the shows fortunes? More importantly, can it be saved before it's too late?
Saturday October 12 heralded the much trumpeted return of the X Factor live shows, which immediately raised one small question. One very very small question. Has Dermot got shorter since last year?
With no time at all to get over my judges houses jet lag, I'm back in the good old UK. For the remaining 16, I mean 12 acts, (hold your horses Dean) it really is time to face the music and for the first time in this series, the voting public.
Fancy a game of X Factor Live Show bingo? Here are 40 things that happen every time the billion or so hopefuls are whittled down to the final handful. Spot them! Tick them off! It might make the end come quicker! Although probably not!