On Dec. 12, 2015, “The X Factor” U.K. had the first of the two-part Season 12 finale. Ché Chesterman (from the Boys category) was eliminated, leaving Louisa Johnson (from the Girls category) and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie (from the Groups category) as the final two contestant acts. The show’s judges are Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. The elimination of Chesterman wasn’t too surprising since he had been in the bottom two in previous episodes. With the elimination of Chesterman, judge Grimshaw (the mentor of the Boys category this year) is out of the competition. This year, Ora is the mentor of the Girls category, while Fernandez-Versini is the mentor of the Groups category. Cowell (who mentored the Overs category) was knocked out of the competition three weeks ago, when Anton Stephans, his highest-placed contestant this year, came in sixth place.
This Season 12 finale show had the top three contestants performing near the beginning of the episode. Chesterman began by singing Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” followed by Johnson singing Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter,” then Reggie ‘N’ Bollie doing their version of Kris Kross’ “Jump.”
(Click here to watch the Chesterman, Johnson and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie perform.)
The final three contestant acts performed three songs each: two of their choice and one duet. For the duets, Rod Stewart was paired with Chesterman on “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” while Ora duetted with Johnson on the “Dreamgirls” classic “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Meanwhile, Fuse ODG and Craig David teamed up with Reggie ‘N’ Bollie for and “Antenna” (Fuse ODG) and “Rewind” (David).
The other two songs that Johnson performed were James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Chesterman chose to sing a mash-up of Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry on Their Own” and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” Reggie ‘N’ Bollie performed a mash-up of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and OMI’s “Cheerleader” and a mash-up of Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life” and Outthere Brothers’ “Boom, Boom, Boom.”
(Click here to watch Louisa Johnson perform R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”)
There were also performances from former “X Factor” U.K. finalists Leona Lewis (winner in 2006), Little Mix (winner in 2011), Ben Haenow (winner in 2014) and Fleur East (second place in 2014). As a duet, Lewis performed her cover version of Snow Patrol’s “Run,” while Haenow performed his song “Slamming Doors.” Little Mix and East performed a mash-up of Little Mix’s “Black Magic” and East’s “Sax.”
At the end of the episode, it was revealed that Chesterman received the lowest number of votes from the public, so he was eliminated. In his farewell remarks on stage, Chesterman said, “This journey, it’s gone so quick.” When asked what was a highlight of his “X Factor” experience, Chersterman replied, “I don’t know. Meeting Nick [Grimshaw] is a massive highlight for me. We’re going to remain friends after this because he’s an amazing guy.” Grimshaw added, “I’m so, so proud. As I’ve said all the way through competition, he’s got one of my favorite voices in the world, not just this competition. He’s come such a long way. He’s taken it all in stride. I’ve been so blessed in my first year [as an “X Factor” judge] that I’ve gotten to meet someone like Ché on a professional and a friend level. I know people say this, but I actually believe he’s going to go on to do an incredible career and an incredible album.”
(Click here to watch Ché Chesterman get eliminated.)
The winner of “The X Factor” U.K. 2015 will be announced on Dec. 13, when the Johnson and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie will battle it out by performing the song chosen to be the winner’s first single.