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    After weeks of providing the fun factor, Russell Grant's dancefloor journey finally came to an end last night as he was voted off Strictly.

    His Saturday night jive, to the tune of S Club's Reach for the Stars, saw him fired from a cannon on a sparkly sleigh... an entrance even Ann Widdecombe would be proud of and one befitting Wembley Arena.
    Alesha Dixon called it the "best entrance yet", while Bruno described the astrologer as a "magnificent flying machine".

    Craig, of course, brought things down to earth with a bump, mumbling "Dumbo springs to mind".

    Grant faced Holly Valance in the vote off and, despite Holly's inconsistent jive with Artem, it was the astrologer's time to go.

    Having thanked the audience, judges and his partner Flavia Cacace, Russell said of his experience, "Strictly has saved my life, absolutely. I owe this show so much and I've got my life back."

    He added, "It's taught me about friendship, love, music, joy and happiness."

    Russell Grant leaves StrictlyBBC

    Meanwhile Robbie Savage, still showing off his enviable torso at every opportunity, achieved his best score with an energetic salsa, Anita Dobson scored 31 for her samba despite Craig noting "muddy and murky footwork", and early favourite Jason Donovan scored 34 for his jive.

    Harry Judd once again impressed with a "full-on" samba, though his hip action needed work and Chelsee Healy "spiced up" Len's night with hers.

    But tangoing straight to the top of the leaderboard this week was Alex Jones. Dancing to the tune of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax, the One Show presenter proved strong and seductive and picked up her highest ever score of 35.

    Things are starting to hot up on the Strictly dancefloor - the question is, who will go all the way to the final?

    What was your favourite performance of the night? Leave your comments below...

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    After weeks of providing the fun factor, Russell Grant's dancefloor journey finally came to an end last night as he was voted off Strictly.

    His Saturday night jive, to the tune of S Club's Reach for the Stars, saw him fired from a cannon on a sparkly sleigh... an entrance even Ann Widdecombe would be proud of and one befitting Wembley Arena.
    Alesha Dixon called it the "best entrance yet", while Bruno described the astrologer as a "magnificent flying machine".

    Craig, of course, brought things down to earth with a bump, mumbling "Dumbo springs to mind".

    Grant faced Holly Valance in the vote off and, despite Holly's inconsistent jive with Artem, it was the astrologer's time to go.

    Having thanked the audience, judges and his partner Flavia Cacace, Russell said of his experience, "Strictly has saved my life, absolutely. I owe this show so much and I've got my life back."

    He added, "It's taught me about friendship, love, music, joy and happiness."

    Russell Grant leaves StrictlyBBC

    Meanwhile Robbie Savage, still showing off his enviable torso at every opportunity, achieved his best score with an energetic salsa, Anita Dobson scored 31 for her samba despite Craig noting "muddy and murky footwork", and early favourite Jason Donovan scored 34 for his jive.

    Harry Judd once again impressed with a "full-on" samba, though his hip action needed work and Chelsee Healy "spiced up" Len's night with hers.

    But tangoing straight to the top of the leaderboard this week was Alex Jones. Dancing to the tune of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax, the One Show presenter proved strong and seductive and picked up her highest ever score of 35.

    Things are starting to hot up on the Strictly dancefloor - the question is, who will go all the way to the final?

    What was your favourite performance of the night? Leave your comments below...

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    Russell's dancefloor dream may be over but take a look at how he did with his Strictly predictions...
     

     


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    He started the competition as one of the favourites but last night Craig Colton crashed out of the X Factor in a dramatic vote off that saw the first deadlock of the series.

    The 22-year-old Scouser found himself up against Amelia Lily in the sing off and both gave powerful performances.
    An emotional Craig sang the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow before Amelia took to the stage to showcase her big voice with Lady Gaga's You and I.

    Gary stood by his act, suggesting Amelia Lily "shouted her way through" the Gaga song while Craig's performance was "understated and gorgeous".

    Tulisa sided with Barlow while both Kelly and Louis backed "ready-made pop star" Amelia, deadlock was reached and it was Craig who received the fewest public votes.

    The heartbroken hopeful told host Dermot O'Leary, "I've had the time of my life the last few months. I've done myself proud," and mentor Gary insisted he should "just ask" if there was anything he needed in the future.

    Craig's exit might have come as a shock but it was Misha B's 'sob story' that got viewers in a lather.

    Fans claim the tearful two-minute video of Kelly consoling Misha over an open letter published by her birth mother was designed to win her the sympathy vote and heated debates on social networking sites ensued.

    Well, Sunday night's X Factor just wouldn't be the same without a hint of controversy now, would it?

    Did the right act go home?



    What do you think - was it the 'sob story' that won Misha votes or her vocal talents? Leave a comment below...

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    Long before Frankie had a long list of girls names tattooed on his bum, Kitty sought fame and Johnny asked Gary Barlow to rub his lantern, they were all innocent little children. Play our Guess Who? game with these childhood pics of the X Factor contestants.
     

     


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    Rex

    He started the competition as one of the favourites but last night Craig Colton crashed out of the X Factor in a dramatic vote off that saw the first deadlock of the series.

    The 22-year-old Scouser found himself up against Amelia Lily in the sing off and both gave powerful performances.
    An emotional Craig sang the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow before Amelia took to the stage to showcase her big voice with Lady Gaga's You and I.

    Gary stood by his act, suggesting Amelia Lily "shouted her way through" the Gaga song while Craig's performance was "understated and gorgeous".

    Tulisa sided with Barlow while both Kelly and Louis backed "ready-made pop star" Amelia, deadlock was reached and it was Craig who received the fewest public votes.

    The heartbroken hopeful told host Dermot O'Leary, "I've had the time of my life the last few months. I've done myself proud," and mentor Gary insisted he should "just ask" if there was anything he needed in the future.

    Craig's exit might have come as a shock but it was Misha B's 'sob story' that got viewers in a lather.

    Fans claim the tearful two-minute video of Kelly consoling Misha over an open letter published by her birth mother was designed to win her the sympathy vote and heated debates on social networking sites ensued.

    Well, Sunday night's X Factor just wouldn't be the same without a hint of controversy now, would it?

    Did the right act go home?



    What do you think - was it the 'sob story' that won Misha votes or her vocal talents? Leave a comment below...

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    Long before Frankie had a long list of girls names tattooed on his bum, Kitty sought fame and Johnny asked Gary Barlow to rub his lantern, they were all innocent little children. Play our Guess Who? game with these childhood pics of the X Factor contestants.
     

     


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    Rex

    He started the competition as one of the favourites but last night Craig Colton crashed out of the X Factor in a dramatic vote off that saw the first deadlock of the series.

    The 22-year-old Scouser found himself up against Amelia Lily in the sing off and both gave powerful performances.
    An emotional Craig sang the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow before Amelia took to the stage to showcase her big voice with Lady Gaga's You and I.

    Gary stood by his act, suggesting Amelia Lily "shouted her way through" the Gaga song while Craig's performance was "understated and gorgeous".

    Tulisa sided with Barlow while both Kelly and Louis backed "ready-made pop star" Amelia, deadlock was reached and it was Craig who received the fewest public votes.

    The heartbroken hopeful told host Dermot O'Leary, "I've had the time of my life the last few months. I've done myself proud," and mentor Gary insisted he should "just ask" if there was anything he needed in the future.

    Craig's exit might have come as a shock but it was Misha B's 'sob story' that got viewers in a lather.

    Fans claim the tearful two-minute video of Kelly consoling Misha over an open letter published by her birth mother was designed to win her the sympathy vote and heated debates on social networking sites ensued.

    Well, Sunday night's X Factor just wouldn't be the same without a hint of controversy now, would it?

    Did the right act go home?



    What do you think - was it the 'sob story' that won Misha votes or her vocal talents? Leave a comment below...

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter
    | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook

    Long before Frankie had a long list of girls names tattooed on his bum, Kitty sought fame and Johnny asked Gary Barlow to rub his lantern, they were all innocent little children. Play our Guess Who? game with these childhood pics of the X Factor contestants.
     

     


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    Rex

    He started the competition as one of the favourites but last night Craig Colton crashed out of the X Factor in a dramatic vote off that saw the first deadlock of the series.

    The 22-year-old Scouser found himself up against Amelia Lily in the sing off and both gave powerful performances.
    An emotional Craig sang the Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow before Amelia took to the stage to showcase her big voice with Lady Gaga's You and I.

    Gary stood by his act, suggesting Amelia Lily "shouted her way through" the Gaga song while Craig's performance was "understated and gorgeous".

    Tulisa sided with Barlow while both Kelly and Louis backed "ready-made pop star" Amelia, deadlock was reached and it was Craig who received the fewest public votes.

    The heartbroken hopeful told host Dermot O'Leary, "I've had the time of my life the last few months. I've done myself proud," and mentor Gary insisted he should "just ask" if there was anything he needed in the future.

    Craig's exit might have come as a shock but it was Misha B's 'sob story' that got viewers in a lather.

    Fans claim the tearful two-minute video of Kelly consoling Misha over an open letter published by her birth mother was designed to win her the sympathy vote and heated debates on social networking sites ensued.

    Well, Sunday night's X Factor just wouldn't be the same without a hint of controversy now, would it?

    Did the right act go home?



    What do you think - was it the 'sob story' that won Misha votes or her vocal talents? Leave a comment below...

    Sign up to our weekly newsletter
    | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook

    Long before Frankie had a long list of girls names tattooed on his bum, Kitty sought fame and Johnny asked Gary Barlow to rub his lantern, they were all innocent little children. Play our Guess Who? game with these childhood pics of the X Factor contestants.
     

     


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    Just when things seemed to be calming down between the warring Gallagher brothers, Noel has reignited his feud with Liam by filing an astonishing court document revealing the petty details of their rift.

    It was former Oasis lead singer Liam who initiated legal action a while ago, bringing a libel writ against Noel over a claim that he missed a festival appearance because he was too hungover.
    But Noel had apologised and admitted that Liam was suffering from laryngitis, which we thought was going to be the end of the row.

    Until now that is.

    Because Noel has now filed a stunningly detailed document in defence of Liam's writ - giving a list of the alleged instances of Liam's bad behaviour that led to Noel quitting the band.

    And surprisingly, it seems the major bone of contention between the pair was Noel's refusal to give Liam free advertising space for his Pretty Green clothing label in the band's merchandise.

    He claims that Liam "provoked a huge row out of nothing" while they were waiting for a flight in Rome - and says it was "plainly a reaction" to the snub over Pretty Green.

    Noel's document lists 12 separate incidents of bad behaviour by his bruv between 1994 and 2005, trying to make the defence that he wrongly claimed Liam was hungover because he had been pushed to breaking point.

    The document says that: "The claimant [that means Liam] had a history over the years of not only throat problems and of pursuing such an incompatible lifestyle, but of treating Oasis fans and the defendant with disrespect by disrupting gigs, including walking off stage, assaulting them and generally acting irresponsibly."

    Noel also claimed that Liam left abusive messages on the voicemail of his wife Sara's phone.

    And he says the final straw was when Liam "completely lost control" and tried to attack him wielding a guitar "like an axe" at a gig in 2009.

    It was then that Noel walked out of the band.

    We don't predict a very cosy Christmas in the Gallagher household.

    Whose side are you on?



    What do you think? Does Noel come out of this well? Comment below...

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    Just when things seemed to be calming down between the warring Gallagher brothers, Noel has reignited his feud with Liam by filing an astonishing court document revealing the petty details of their rift.

    It was former Oasis lead singer Liam who initiated legal action a while ago, bringing a libel writ against Noel over a claim that he missed a festival appearance because he was too hungover.
    But Noel had apologised and admitted that Liam was suffering from laryngitis, which we thought was going to be the end of the row.

    Until now that is.

    Because Noel has now filed a stunningly detailed document in defence of Liam's writ - giving a list of the alleged instances of Liam's bad behaviour that led to Noel quitting the band.

    And surprisingly, it seems the major bone of contention between the pair was Noel's refusal to give Liam free advertising space for his Pretty Green clothing label in the band's merchandise.

    He claims that Liam "provoked a huge row out of nothing" while they were waiting for a flight in Rome - and says it was "plainly a reaction" to the snub over Pretty Green.

    Noel's document lists 12 separate incidents of bad behaviour by his bruv between 1994 and 2005, trying to make the defence that he wrongly claimed Liam was hungover because he had been pushed to breaking point.

    The document says that: "The claimant [that means Liam] had a history over the years of not only throat problems and of pursuing such an incompatible lifestyle, but of treating Oasis fans and the defendant with disrespect by disrupting gigs, including walking off stage, assaulting them and generally acting irresponsibly."

    Noel also claimed that Liam left abusive messages on the voicemail of his wife Sara's phone.

    And he says the final straw was when Liam "completely lost control" and tried to attack him wielding a guitar "like an axe" at a gig in 2009.

    It was then that Noel walked out of the band.

    We don't predict a very cosy Christmas in the Gallagher household.

    Whose side are you on?



    What do you think? Does Noel come out of this well? Comment below...

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    Just when things seemed to be calming down between the warring Gallagher brothers, Noel has reignited his feud with Liam by filing an astonishing court document revealing the petty details of their rift.

    It was former Oasis lead singer Liam who initiated legal action a while ago, bringing a libel writ against Noel over a claim that he missed a festival appearance because he was too hungover.
    But Noel had apologised and admitted that Liam was suffering from laryngitis, which we thought was going to be the end of the row.

    Until now that is.

    Because Noel has now filed a stunningly detailed document in defence of Liam's writ - giving a list of the alleged instances of Liam's bad behaviour that led to Noel quitting the band.

    And surprisingly, it seems the major bone of contention between the pair was Noel's refusal to give Liam free advertising space for his Pretty Green clothing label in the band's merchandise.

    He claims that Liam "provoked a huge row out of nothing" while they were waiting for a flight in Rome - and says it was "plainly a reaction" to the snub over Pretty Green.

    Noel's document lists 12 separate incidents of bad behaviour by his bruv between 1994 and 2005, trying to make the defence that he wrongly claimed Liam was hungover because he had been pushed to breaking point.

    The document says that: "The claimant [that means Liam] had a history over the years of not only throat problems and of pursuing such an incompatible lifestyle, but of treating Oasis fans and the defendant with disrespect by disrupting gigs, including walking off stage, assaulting them and generally acting irresponsibly."

    Noel also claimed that Liam left abusive messages on the voicemail of his wife Sara's phone.

    And he says the final straw was when Liam "completely lost control" and tried to attack him wielding a guitar "like an axe" at a gig in 2009.

    It was then that Noel walked out of the band.

    We don't predict a very cosy Christmas in the Gallagher household.

    Whose side are you on?



    What do you think? Does Noel come out of this well? Comment below...

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    PA

    Just when things seemed to be calming down between the warring Gallagher brothers, Noel has reignited his feud with Liam by filing an astonishing court document revealing the petty details of their rift.

    It was former Oasis lead singer Liam who initiated legal action a while ago, bringing a libel writ against Noel over a claim that he missed a festival appearance because he was too hungover.
    But Noel had apologised and admitted that Liam was suffering from laryngitis, which we thought was going to be the end of the row.

    Until now that is.

    Because Noel has now filed a stunningly detailed document in defence of Liam's writ - giving a list of the alleged instances of Liam's bad behaviour that led to Noel quitting the band.

    And surprisingly, it seems the major bone of contention between the pair was Noel's refusal to give Liam free advertising space for his Pretty Green clothing label in the band's merchandise.

    He claims that Liam "provoked a huge row out of nothing" while they were waiting for a flight in Rome - and says it was "plainly a reaction" to the snub over Pretty Green.

    Noel's document lists 12 separate incidents of bad behaviour by his bruv between 1994 and 2005, trying to make the defence that he wrongly claimed Liam was hungover because he had been pushed to breaking point.

    The document says that: "The claimant [that means Liam] had a history over the years of not only throat problems and of pursuing such an incompatible lifestyle, but of treating Oasis fans and the defendant with disrespect by disrupting gigs, including walking off stage, assaulting them and generally acting irresponsibly."

    Noel also claimed that Liam left abusive messages on the voicemail of his wife Sara's phone.

    And he says the final straw was when Liam "completely lost control" and tried to attack him wielding a guitar "like an axe" at a gig in 2009.

    It was then that Noel walked out of the band.

    We don't predict a very cosy Christmas in the Gallagher household.

    Whose side are you on?



    What do you think? Does Noel come out of this well? Comment below...

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    I'm A Celebrity... contestant Crissy Rock has proved she's a good sport on the reality TV show, but it has emerged that her womb cancer returned just last year.

    The 53-year-old Benidorm actress originally beat the disease back in 2000, but had a relapse last year when it returned.
    A friend told The Sun newspaper: "Crissy became ill in Spain last year and spent days in bed unable to move or get to her phone. She came back to England and had the cancer cut out.

    "Typical of Crissy, she has kept this mainly to herself and has just got on with it. She's a battler and determined not to let anyone down. Five days after surgery she performed free at a charity event in Blackpool.

    "To my mind, she's fighting a bigger battle than the jungle."

    The actress was the first contestant ever to refuse to do the skydive into the camp - and her friend speculated that it was because she was concerned the trauma might have an effect on her condition.

    What do you reckon? Who will be king or queen of the jungle this year? Comment below...

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    I'm A Celebrity... contestant Crissy Rock has proved she's a good sport on the reality TV show, but it has emerged that her womb cancer returned just last year.

    The 53-year-old Benidorm actress originally beat the disease back in 2000, but had a relapse last year when it returned.
    A friend told The Sun newspaper: "Crissy became ill in Spain last year and spent days in bed unable to move or get to her phone. She came back to England and had the cancer cut out.

    "Typical of Crissy, she has kept this mainly to herself and has just got on with it. She's a battler and determined not to let anyone down. Five days after surgery she performed free at a charity event in Blackpool.

    "To my mind, she's fighting a bigger battle than the jungle."

    The actress was the first contestant ever to refuse to do the skydive into the camp - and her friend speculated that it was because she was concerned the trauma might have an effect on her condition.

    What do you reckon? Who will be king or queen of the jungle this year? Comment below...

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    I'm A Celebrity... contestant Crissy Rock has proved she's a good sport on the reality TV show, but it has emerged that her womb cancer returned just last year.

    The 53-year-old Benidorm actress originally beat the disease back in 2000, but had a relapse last year when it returned.
    A friend told The Sun newspaper: "Crissy became ill in Spain last year and spent days in bed unable to move or get to her phone. She came back to England and had the cancer cut out.

    "Typical of Crissy, she has kept this mainly to herself and has just got on with it. She's a battler and determined not to let anyone down. Five days after surgery she performed free at a charity event in Blackpool.

    "To my mind, she's fighting a bigger battle than the jungle."

    The actress was the first contestant ever to refuse to do the skydive into the camp - and her friend speculated that it was because she was concerned the trauma might have an effect on her condition.

    What do you reckon? Who will be king or queen of the jungle this year? Comment below...

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    I'm A Celebrity... contestant Crissy Rock has proved she's a good sport on the reality TV show, but it has emerged that her womb cancer returned just last year.

    The 53-year-old Benidorm actress originally beat the disease back in 2000, but had a relapse last year when it returned.
    A friend told The Sun newspaper: "Crissy became ill in Spain last year and spent days in bed unable to move or get to her phone. She came back to England and had the cancer cut out.

    "Typical of Crissy, she has kept this mainly to herself and has just got on with it. She's a battler and determined not to let anyone down. Five days after surgery she performed free at a charity event in Blackpool.

    "To my mind, she's fighting a bigger battle than the jungle."

    The actress was the first contestant ever to refuse to do the skydive into the camp - and her friend speculated that it was because she was concerned the trauma might have an effect on her condition.

    What do you reckon? Who will be king or queen of the jungle this year? Comment below...

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    Rihanna may have toned down her performance on last night's X Factor, but show bosses still had a crisis on their hands this weekend as the show lost yet more viewers to Strictly Come Dancing.

    It's the second time The X Factor has been beaten by Strictly in the ratings this year, as the ballroom show waltzed off with one million viewers more.
    Strictly averaged 11.4m for its special broadcast from Wembley arena, while The X Factor pulled in 10.4m for ITV1, considerably down on the equivalent show for last year's series.

    Producers also faced fresh criticism from viewers after they accused them of using a sob story to keep Misha B out of the bottom two.

    In the VT before her performance, Misha was seen having a heart-to-heart with mentor Kelly Rowland over her birth mother's decision to write an open letter to the singer in a magazine.

    The pair were seen in tears after Kelly also revealed the story of how she didn't speak to her father for over 20 years. Misha later broke down on stage after her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.

    Cynics slammed the decision to include the story, claiming it was a ploy by producers to keep Misha in the show, who was twice found herself singing for survival.

    And if all that wasn't enough, it's been revealed that bosses are being forced to slash the price of advert slots for this year's final, as advertisers refuse to pay the £250,000 price tag for a 30 second ad.

    ITV are now fearing they could be down over £3million on last year's final, which brought in over £21million for the broadcaster.

    They are already losing revenue after the number of phone votes cast this series continues to dwindle.

    A show source told The Sun: "The best contestants this year are girls, and girls don't vote for girls.

    "The line-up is really missing a heartthrob. Last year Matt Cardle made them a fortune in phone votes and One Direction had a huge following. That hasn't happened this year."

    However a spokesperson for ITV played down the reports, insisting the show is not in financial trouble.

    "Viewers are continuing to interact in large numbers," they said. "Demand from advertisers is as high as ever and there has been no decline in the premiums we are charging."

    What do you make of all of this? Is The X Factor in trouble? What do be done to save the show? Leave a comment below.

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    ITV

    Rihanna may have toned down her performance on last night's X Factor, but show bosses still had a crisis on their hands this weekend as the show lost yet more viewers to Strictly Come Dancing.

    It's the second time The X Factor has been beaten by Strictly in the ratings this year, as the ballroom show waltzed off with one million viewers more.
    Strictly averaged 11.4m for its special broadcast from Wembley arena, while The X Factor pulled in 10.4m for ITV1, considerably down on the equivalent show for last year's series.

    Producers also faced fresh criticism from viewers after they accused them of using a sob story to keep Misha B out of the bottom two.

    In the VT before her performance, Misha was seen having a heart-to-heart with mentor Kelly Rowland over her birth mother's decision to write an open letter to the singer in a magazine.

    The pair were seen in tears after Kelly also revealed the story of how she didn't speak to her father for over 20 years. Misha later broke down on stage after her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.

    Cynics slammed the decision to include the story, claiming it was a ploy by producers to keep Misha in the show, who was twice found herself singing for survival.

    And if all that wasn't enough, it's been revealed that bosses are being forced to slash the price of advert slots for this year's final, as advertisers refuse to pay the £250,000 price tag for a 30 second ad.

    ITV are now fearing they could be down over £3million on last year's final, which brought in over £21million for the broadcaster.

    They are already losing revenue after the number of phone votes cast this series continues to dwindle.

    A show source told The Sun: "The best contestants this year are girls, and girls don't vote for girls.

    "The line-up is really missing a heartthrob. Last year Matt Cardle made them a fortune in phone votes and One Direction had a huge following. That hasn't happened this year."

    However a spokesperson for ITV played down the reports, insisting the show is not in financial trouble.

    "Viewers are continuing to interact in large numbers," they said. "Demand from advertisers is as high as ever and there has been no decline in the premiums we are charging."

    What do you make of all of this? Is The X Factor in trouble? What do be done to save the show? Leave a comment below.

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    Rihanna may have toned down her performance on last night's X Factor, but show bosses still had a crisis on their hands this weekend as the show lost yet more viewers to Strictly Come Dancing.

    It's the second time The X Factor has been beaten by Strictly in the ratings this year, as the ballroom show waltzed off with one million viewers more.
    Strictly averaged 11.4m for its special broadcast from Wembley arena, while The X Factor pulled in 10.4m for ITV1, considerably down on the equivalent show for last year's series.

    Producers also faced fresh criticism from viewers after they accused them of using a sob story to keep Misha B out of the bottom two.

    In the VT before her performance, Misha was seen having a heart-to-heart with mentor Kelly Rowland over her birth mother's decision to write an open letter to the singer in a magazine.

    The pair were seen in tears after Kelly also revealed the story of how she didn't speak to her father for over 20 years. Misha later broke down on stage after her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.

    Cynics slammed the decision to include the story, claiming it was a ploy by producers to keep Misha in the show, who was twice found herself singing for survival.

    And if all that wasn't enough, it's been revealed that bosses are being forced to slash the price of advert slots for this year's final, as advertisers refuse to pay the £250,000 price tag for a 30 second ad.

    ITV are now fearing they could be down over £3million on last year's final, which brought in over £21million for the broadcaster.

    They are already losing revenue after the number of phone votes cast this series continues to dwindle.

    A show source told The Sun: "The best contestants this year are girls, and girls don't vote for girls.

    "The line-up is really missing a heartthrob. Last year Matt Cardle made them a fortune in phone votes and One Direction had a huge following. That hasn't happened this year."

    However a spokesperson for ITV played down the reports, insisting the show is not in financial trouble.

    "Viewers are continuing to interact in large numbers," they said. "Demand from advertisers is as high as ever and there has been no decline in the premiums we are charging."

    What do you make of all of this? Is The X Factor in trouble? What do be done to save the show? Leave a comment below.

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    Rihanna may have toned down her performance on last night's X Factor, but show bosses still had a crisis on their hands this weekend as the show lost yet more viewers to Strictly Come Dancing.

    It's the second time The X Factor has been beaten by Strictly in the ratings this year, as the ballroom show waltzed off with one million viewers more.
    Strictly averaged 11.4m for its special broadcast from Wembley arena, while The X Factor pulled in 10.4m for ITV1, considerably down on the equivalent show for last year's series.

    Producers also faced fresh criticism from viewers after they accused them of using a sob story to keep Misha B out of the bottom two.

    In the VT before her performance, Misha was seen having a heart-to-heart with mentor Kelly Rowland over her birth mother's decision to write an open letter to the singer in a magazine.

    The pair were seen in tears after Kelly also revealed the story of how she didn't speak to her father for over 20 years. Misha later broke down on stage after her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.

    Cynics slammed the decision to include the story, claiming it was a ploy by producers to keep Misha in the show, who was twice found herself singing for survival.

    And if all that wasn't enough, it's been revealed that bosses are being forced to slash the price of advert slots for this year's final, as advertisers refuse to pay the £250,000 price tag for a 30 second ad.

    ITV are now fearing they could be down over £3million on last year's final, which brought in over £21million for the broadcaster.

    They are already losing revenue after the number of phone votes cast this series continues to dwindle.

    A show source told The Sun: "The best contestants this year are girls, and girls don't vote for girls.

    "The line-up is really missing a heartthrob. Last year Matt Cardle made them a fortune in phone votes and One Direction had a huge following. That hasn't happened this year."

    However a spokesperson for ITV played down the reports, insisting the show is not in financial trouble.

    "Viewers are continuing to interact in large numbers," they said. "Demand from advertisers is as high as ever and there has been no decline in the premiums we are charging."

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    It's not every day you manage to bag yourself a date with a movie star but that's exactly what a US soldier did after asking Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in an online video.
    Sergeant Scott Moore recorded the video message (below) back in July after making a bet with a friend and his wishes were granted when the Black Swan actress accompanied him to the military bash on Friday.



    In the video he said: "Hey Mila, it's Sergeant Moore, but you can call me Scotty.

    "I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18 in Greenville, North Carolina, with yours truly.

    "Take a second, think about it and get back to me."

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    And the actress did just that when she was told about the video during an interview with Fox News, saying: "When is it? When is the Marine Corps Ball? I'll go. We're gonna make this happen."

    Another soldier wasn't quite so lucky. He asked Scarlett Johansson to be his date but she turned him down, sending bottles of bubbly to make up for it instead.

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    It's not every day you manage to bag yourself a date with a movie star but that's exactly what a US soldier did after asking Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in an online video.
    Sergeant Scott Moore recorded the video message (below) back in July after making a bet with a friend and his wishes were granted when the Black Swan actress accompanied him to the military bash on Friday.



    In the video he said: "Hey Mila, it's Sergeant Moore, but you can call me Scotty.

    "I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18 in Greenville, North Carolina, with yours truly.

    "Take a second, think about it and get back to me."

    Mila KunisBig Pictures

    And the actress did just that when she was told about the video during an interview with Fox News, saying: "When is it? When is the Marine Corps Ball? I'll go. We're gonna make this happen."

    Another soldier wasn't quite so lucky. He asked Scarlett Johansson to be his date but she turned him down, sending bottles of bubbly to make up for it instead.

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