News > X-Factor to have Queen Week

Added on 10-Nov-2009

The popular UK talent show "X-Factor" is to have a "Queen" theme for this weeks show.

IT could be a case of Killer Queen - as tone-deaf twins John and Edward Grimes look set to mangle another of Freddie Mercury's hits.

X Factor chief Simon Cowell has dramatically scrapped plans for a dance-themed show this weekend - and ordered all the contestants to learn the rock band's songs instead.

He hopes the move will bring out "big performances" that will attract a larger audience than the 16.6million they achieved on Sunday night.

But it also increases the risk that Jedward will murder another Queen hit.

They survived the axe after singing We Will Rock You on Halloween - but they're now Under Pressure to shine after landing in the bottom two with ousted Lucie Jones, 18, on Sunday.

Simon was said to have scrapped the dance theme after last weekend's results show as he wanted to inject more "drama" into the Saturday night performances - and give stars more room to express themselves.

A show source said: "Simon made the decision late on Sunday night to go with something more theatrical.

"He loves Queen and knows that the wannabes will recognize at least one of their hit songs.

"He wants bigger entrances and bigger performances from all of them.

"It doesn't get much bigger than pretending to be Queen's late singer Freddie Mercury.

Simon also thinks that by giving all the contestants songs from the same artist it will be easier to work out who is the best."

It's the first time this series that a whole night has been dedicated to just one act.

The ITV1 show has done it in the past - last year one was dedicated to the late Michael Jackson and another to boyband Take That.

Some insiders have suggested sneaky Simon changed the format to boost his own acts' chances - especially Danyl Johnson and Jamie Archer.

One said: "This change of plan has come as no surprise to many of us as this benefits Simon's acts.

"Jamie will be brilliant singing a Queen song, as will Danyl.

"But it might prove difficult for Stacey Solomon or Lloyd Daniels.

"I'm sure the twins will have no problem with it."

You'll have to tune in Saturday to find if the acts find A Kind Of Magic before the public vote and Another One Bites The Dust.

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Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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