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Friday 19 September 2014

Nicole: X Factor boys are amazing

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger will duet with finalists James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas

Nicole Scherzinger has joked that she's literally been whipping her acts into shape ahead of The X Factor final.

The TV show judge has two acts in this weekend's showdown - Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur - and said they have all been working hard to make sure they dazzle the audience on the big night, reported The Sun.

The former Pussycat Doll laughed: "The boys have worked so hard and secretly I have a whip, so I hit them."

Nicole will perform with both her boys and admitted it is a "real honour".

She said: "Having worked with the boys a little bit this week, it's quite intimidating. I thought they were amazing, I mean I've been doing this for quite some time, but they were just brilliant, they make it look so easy.

"It's a real honour to be able to [sing with them]. I would always rather be on stage than behind the desk, so this is going to be fun for me."

Meanwhile, the third X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney has responded to claims the show's creator Simon Cowell is not interested in him.

He said: "Simon does what he wants to do. It's his show and if he didn't want me in it I probably wouldn't be here."

Chris, who will perform with his mentor Gary Barlow, also opened up about some of the criticism he has been getting, which has included some people suggesting he shouldn't have made it to the last stages of the talent show.

"There's always got to be a pantomime villain every year and it's just unfortunate this year it's got to be me," he said.

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