X Factor finalist Scarlett Lee is taking a risk with the first live show this weekend.
The X Factor 2018 kicks off its live stages on Saturday night.
Each of the final 16 contestants will sing their hearts out live on stage with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams taking their seats behind the judges’ desk to battle it out with their contestants in the hope of impressing the audience at home.
This year Simon has the Girls, Louis has the Boys, Robbie has the Groups and Ayda has the Overs. They’ll be joined by resident host, Dermot O’Leary, who’ll be leading the proceedings and keeping the judges in check along the way.
20-year-old Scarlett from Essex, who previously auditioned for the show last year, already has her first song chosen and says it’s going to surprise.
She teased to Heatworld: “It’s a big surprise. They’re dangerous songs. This could go either really wrong or really well.”
Scarlett’s fellow Girls category contestant, 19-year-old Bella Penfold from Essex added: “We’re really excited but we’re rooting each other on which is amazing.”
As always, the live shows will see viewers get their say for the first time.
Currently Brendan Murray, in Louis’ Boys category, and Robbie’s duo Misunderstood are the early favourites.
Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “Brendan Murray and Misunderstood are our two most backed X Factor contestants, which is evident by their short odds. Of course Irish punters have been keen to get behind Brendan to go all the way with a number of large bets coming in from his native county of Galway.”
She added “Ayda Field was widely criticised for her final four selection for the Overs, after sending popular Louise Setar and Ricky John home in favour of Olatunji, Danny Tetley, Janice Robinson, Giovani Spano and with the odds backing up that criticism as they all feature at 25/1 and higher in the betting.”
The X Factor 2018 airs tonight Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.