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Little Mix and Marcus Collins have never been in the bottom two in the public vote, so it would be pretty surprising if they are not in the final on December 10. Misha B and Amelia Lily, however, have both had more turbulent X Factor journeys and will need to pull out the performance of a lifetime to get through this weekend's semi-final. The betting odds seem to agree, as the bookies have Little Mix as a favourite to win, followed by Marcus, Amelia Lily and finally Misha.
Rumour has it that girlband Little Mix is desperate to take the stage with their mentor, feisty N-Dubz star, Tulisa. The X Factor newbie would be the first mentor to duet with her own act, certainly making for an interesting final, but Tulisa is apparently afraid it might seem like she was upstaging her "Little Muffins." Instead, she wants them to duet with Jessie J, who was Tulisa's assistant at the Judges' Houses stage and has been a big fan of the urban-pop girlband from the start.
Gary Barlow's act, Marcus, is keen to secure a duet with Motown legend Stevie Wonder. Marcus blew the judges away with his rendition of Stevie's hit "Lately" on last week's show. Although Stevie's undoubtedly a very busy man, he has previously performed on another TV talent show, American Idol, so he could well be up for it.
As for Amelia Lily and Misha, there are no rumours at the moment as to whom they'll sing with if they reach the final. However, with their mentor Kelly Rowland's little black book to hand, it wouldn't be surprising if the girls were paired up with any of the world's biggest stars. Maybe even Kelly's former band mate from Destiny's Child, Beyoncé!
The winner's single
It's been widely reported that X Factor judge Gary Barlow would be writing the single for this year's winner, but actually this has never been confirmed. In fact, it's quite hard to imagine Grandad Gary writing for an act like Misha or Little Mix!
More recently, rumours have spread that Damien Rice's early 2000s hit 'Cannonball' would be covered by the winner. With the show's history of picking indie songs such as 'Hallelujah' by Jeff Buckley and 'Many of Horror' by Biffy Clyro for winners to release, it's easy to imagine this being true. Let's just hope Damien and his fans see it as a compliment!
Despite all the rumours, the X Factor team is keeping pretty tight-lipped about what they've got up their sleeves for now, but if anything is certain, viewers will be in for a real treat on December 10!
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