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Sam and Nicholas get winners' songs

X Factor contestants Sam Bailey and Nicholas MacDonald have revealed that they will be performing songs by former champions Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry this weekend.

Sam is taking on Leona's Bleeding Love, while Nicholas will tackle Joe's The Climb in the ITV show's 10th anniversary celebration episode.

In a live link-up to rehearsals during This Morning, Sam talked about meeting Leona this week: " She was amazing. I've been quite spoilt with regards to meeting famous people in this competition and Leona Lewis was up there so I was really pleased to meet her, she was an absolute gem and I can't wait to sing the song for her on Saturday."

Nicholas admitted he was feeling nervous about the song he'd been given to perform.

He said: "I'm singing The Climb by Joe McElderry and I'm worried because the last time it was sung on the show it was by him and it was his final song and was such a massive hit.

"So to bring it back, is it going to work? Is it not? But we're in rehearsals now and hopefully it pays off - and it's my birthday tomorrow so I'm just going to enjoy myself and have fun with it."

Sam said she hadn't been happy about being named the bookies' favourite.

She said: "I heard about this last week, and I was really upset on Sunday because I don't want people to get complacent.

"At the end of the day I'm just going out and singing every week and hopefully the votes come in. I'm not one of these people that think, 'Yeah, I've got this in the bag.' I'm not like that.

"I still pick my performances to pieces after each show so I just want people to vote for me if they like me, I don't want people to read what's in the papers and think, 'I'm not going to bother voting for her.' I still need the votes at the end of the day."

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