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Cheryl wants theme weeks scrapped

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has said she would like to get rid of The X Factor's theme weeks.

The show judge was taking part in a Q and A from viewers of spin-off show The Xtra Factor when she was asked what changes she would make to the ITV contest.

According to Digital Spy, she said: "I would take away the themes and I would say, 'Give your artist two songs each'. Sometimes those themes are restrictive or they're not ideal for everybody, so let's do game on. Let's be mentors and let's do game on."

Another fan asked why her act Lauren Platt hadn't sung any upbeat songs and she admitted: "The thing with Lauren is she doesn't dance. She is technically trained in ballet and stuff like that, but I mean, there are things that you just wouldn't put your contestant out doing if it wasn't going to work for them.

"I wouldn't make her do anything that would make her uncomfortable. I would push her out of her comfort zone, but I wouldn't make her do anything she wouldn't want to do."

Meanwhile, Stevi Ritchie told the show that he felt guilty at getting through to the next week when pal Jay James was in the bottom two with Paul Akister, who was voted out.

He said: "I'm happy and I'm really thankful the public have got me through, I really am. I can't thank them enough.

"But downstairs, I was just crying. Jay has been with me since bootcamp and gave an emotional performance, and Paul was one of the best singers in the competition. Part of me just feels a little bit guilty. I just feel really guilty and deflated."

Paul, who was booted off when the vote went to deadlock and viewer votes were counted as judges were split between him and Jay was the last act to miss out on joining the lucrative X Factor live tour.

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