X Factor 2016: 'Unwell' Emily Middlemas on voice rest ahead of semi-final

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Emily Middlemas has been put on voice rest ahead of tonight's X Factor 2016 live shows.

It's been reported that the Scottish singer has been feeling unwell this week, ahead of two songs in this evening's semi-final show.

A source told the Daily Star: “The poor girl has been unwell. Her mentor Simon Cowell is keeping tabs on her condition.”

Emily however is keeping positive, tweeting last night: "It's the semi finals tomorrow...what?!?!? This is crazy. I want to take this time to thank everyone who has voted for me, honestly. WOW❤️"

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Last Sunday night the random Jukebox decided on a Christmas theme for the next set of live performances, a little earlier than one might have expected.

But that's not all as this weekend, for the second time this series, the remaining four acts will be singing two songs each, the second will be a track to 'get them to the final'.

So what is Emily singing this evening?

Emily's Christmas track is John Lennon's War is Over while her second song choice this weekend is Gary Jules' Mad World.

Will Simon Cowell's tactic of having Emily stick to the slower songs work for her?

She's competing against Saara Aalto, 5 After Midnight and Matt Terry for a place in the live finals.

According to bookies BoyleSports, 5 After Midnight and Emily are both lingering along the elimination line after last week; however it is 5 After Midnight who are the current 5/4 favourites for the axe.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented: “It’s between 5 After Midnight and Emily Middlemas for elimination in the X Factor semi-finals. 5 After Midnight haven’t recovered from that off key sing off with Honey G in punters eyes as they have already started to get behind their 5/4 price to be sent packing this weekend.”

She added: “Emily Middlemas is a close 13/8 second favourite for the boot, suggesting it will be a sing off between the remaining Group and remaining Girl.”

> X Factor song choices! Songs for the Semi Finals - SPOILERS!

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The X Factor 2016 semi-finals air Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM.

As well as the performances from the contestants, there will be guest appearances from Lady Gaga and Zara Larsson.

Then next weekend is the grand X Factor 2016 FINAL live from Wembley Arena as this year's winner is crowned.

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