PICTURES! X Factor 2012 finalists get advice from Robbie Williams

Rylan and Robbie

Robbie Williams has been giving advice to this year's X Factor finalists, including Rylan Clark.

The Take That star will be performing his new single Candy on the show this weekend, and yesterday spent some time backstage with the stars.

Robbie was seen with Ella Henderson, Union J, Jade Ellis and Rylan Clark as the contestants rehearsed their songs for tomorrow night's Halloween show.

Rylan tweeted after meeting Robbie: "Such an amazing birthday present @robbiewilliams thank you for everything you said. See you again Sunday x"

But it comes after Robbie blasted the show and its boring contestants.

Speaking to ShortList magazine this month, Robbie claimed The X Factor wasn’t a real singing contest and suggested this year’s acts were too boring.

“Somebody will come on and do an audition and sing their arse off, but they can’t project and they’re boring and they’ll go nowhere,” he said.

Browse pictures of Robbie and the stars below...

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