Watch Nicole Scherzinger open X Factor with live diva performance

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Nicole Scherzinger opened The X Factor 2016 with a live performance.

The judge launched Divas weekend with a mash up of two big tracks.

After the judges made their usual walk on entrance, Nicole grabbed a microphone and belted out Whitney Houston's I'm Every Woman and Aretha Franklin's Respect.

Nicole's performance came ahead of all tonight's live performances with 10 celebs remaining in the competition.

Last week Freddy Parker lost his place in the competition, following first eliminees of the series Bratavio as well as Brooks Way, who left the competition 'by mutual consent'.

Those left in the contest include Nicole Scherzinger's Boys - Matt Terry and Ryan Lawrie - and Simon Cowell's Girls - Emily Middlemas, Samantha Lavery and Gifty Louise.

They're joined by Sharon Osbourne's Overs - Honey G, Relley C and Saara Aalto - and finally Louis Walsh's Groups - 5 After Midnight and Four of Diamonds.

The theme is Divas and songs lined up to perform include classics by Whitney, Adele and Mariah Carey.

But then there is also a performance of Ice Ice Baby by that well known diva Vanilla Ice. No guesses for which act is singing that...

The X Factor 2016 airs on ITV this evening from 8PM with all the live performances.

Then on Sunday night at 8PM the latest results will see another act leave, as well as guest appearances from Shawn Mendes and John Legend.

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