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Simon Cowell announces Celebrity X Factor wild card twist to bring back one act

Simon Cowell has introduced a new twist to The X Factor: Celebrity.


Saturday night’s live show saw the latest results where it was broadcast journalist Martin Bashir and Love Island supergroup No Love Lost who were eliminated.

They were in the bottom three with group V5. Host Dermot O’Leary revealed that Martin had received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated.

No Love Lost and V5 went on to face the sing-off. Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger both sent home No Love Lost meaning they were eliminated without Simon having to cast a vote between two of his own acts.

But Simon went on to announce a wild card twist.

He explained: “I tell you what we’re going to do Dermot, no one’s agreed to this but when we get to whoever’s going to be in the final I’m going to put a public vote to put whoever is the most popular loser into the final.

“So even though you’re out you’ve still got a chance of making the final. That’s the way it’s going to be.”


Elsewhere in last night’s results, each judge was again given a safe seat, able to send one act straight through to next weekend’s show.

In the Groups, Simon saved duo Max & Harvey, in the Unders, Louis saved Glee star Kevin McHale while Nicole opted to save Vinnie Jones in the Overs.

The remaining acts faced the public vote.

After Martin and No Love Lost were eliminated, seven acts are left in the competition: Actor Kevin McHale, reality TV personality Megan McKenna, footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones, The Chase’s Jenny Ryan, rugby trio Try Star, social media influencers V5 and duo Max & Harvey.


The first results show saw chat show host Ricki Lake and American actress Olivia Olson leave while last week it was actress Victoria Ekanoye and actor Jonny Labey who were eliminated.

The X Factor: Celebrity series continues Saturday nights on ITV. The fourth round of live performances begins next week on November 16 at 8:20PM.