Hands up who's excited about the return of The X Factor live shows this Saturday!
It's been a rollercoaster of a series so far, from Joseph Whelan's departure, to Rylan Clark's crying face. And we get the feeling it's only going to get more exciting as the weeks go on.
Let's have another quick look at Rylan's tear-stained face, shall we?
Earlier today we brought you heatworld's exclusive interview with Gary Barlow and his Over 28s group - Kye Sones, Carolynne Poole and Melanie Masson, and now we bring you all the lastest gossip from Tulisa and The Girls.
Here's what Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and Jade Ellis had to say about coping with ABBA week, X Factor romances and their love for wildcard, Amy Mottram.
What scares you the most about the live shows on Saturday?
Lucy: Falling over; falling down the stairs.
Jade: I’ve never forgotten my words before but poor preparation at boot camp meant I forgot my words and fluffed it a little bit, so for me I think that would be my worst nightmare. Literally that would be my very worst nightmare.
Ella: It’s definitely a little bit of a fear of rehearsing it in the studios and you get it right and then all of a sudden anything can happen. There’s always that element to it but I guess you just have to focus.
So who do you guys see as your biggest competition?
Lucy: I don’t think of it as a competition, I think of it as everyone is striving to do their best. Everyone is doing their absolute best.
Jade: Because we are all so different, you can’t really compare yourself to anyone. It would be different if there was someone in the competition who was very similar to you then you would have to be better than that person.
Tulisa, you seem like the only judge who is genuinely happy with your category. Are you confident in your team?
Tulisa: I am very confident. Obviously you never know what can happen because as you’ve seen in years before everything gets completely flipped on its head at live shows, so in that sense it’s not set in stone like ‘Oh I can see this happening’ or ‘I know this is going to happen’ and ‘I know I’ve got the winner’ all I can do is give one hundred percent to my girls and know that I’ve done my job. But I do want to be able to get them as far in the competition as I can. Fingers crossed that means one of them can win.
What advice have you given the girls on how to handle the fame that comes with the show?
Tulisa: I would say from everything I know about them so far, they’re pretty tough cookies. Everyone seems to get the gist of how it works. I think that at this stage it’s a lot easier than what it’s going to be like at live shows. I'm sure there will be situations – but I hope not – at live shows where I may have to have that conversation and reassure them. And sometimes as a mentor, you don’t want to talk for the sake of talking. There’s no point me coming in and trying to look like the coolest judge and being like ‘this is what you need to do with this’.
Are there any themed weeks any of you are dreading? Lucy, how would you feel about ABBA week?
Lucy: I will wear that wig with pride! I’ve already got catsuits in my room ready; I’ve tried them all on! The producers aren’t going to do things to put us on the spot and make us look bad. They’ve let singer/songwriters like me and people like Ella on the show this year, so it’s a real game changer. They’ve let us enter the competition so they wouldn’t then go ‘OK right we’re going rap and bling this week” you know ‘we’re going to put you on the spot and make you look bad’. I'm putting my trust in this competition and I think they’re putting their trust in us as well.
Do you know how often you will be able to perform your own songs?
Lucy: There’s a lot of discussion about it. It’s all looking very positive.
Jade: Pretty much everyone left in the competition – we all write. So if you think your song’s good enough and it fits the theme, generally then that’s how you should be able to introduce your own stuff.
Lucy: I don’t think all of our songs would suit the show – I’ve got about 200 songs and I don’t think a song about Jeremy Kyle would work. But if you have the opportunity to put it out there, put it out there. People think you have an advantage if you write your own songs when in reality it’s a bit of a risk.
Jade: It’s a brave move. People don’t recognise the song so it is a brave thing to do really. It is a good thing that they are letting people do that this year. It shows the general public what kind of artists you would be eventually. When you get through this process it shows what you would produce yourself.
Will you guys be welcoming your wildcard Amy with open arms if she gets through?
Group: Hell yeah!
Tulisa: The girls miss her like hell. They miss her more than I do because they got to know her. They got really close with her, and went through all the emotions behind the scenes but I only got to see Amy when I was delivering the news.
Ella: One of my X Factor highlights so far has been sharing a room with Amy. She’s hilarious.
Tulisa: She’s one of those people you know there’s not an ounce of bad in them. There really isn’t. The way she reacted when she got the ‘no’ made it even more heart-breaking. She was hugging me going, ‘it’s alright, it’s alright’. She ended up reassuring me!
Lucy: We’re rooting for her.
Tulisa: Team Amy! Go Girls.
How much have your lives changed since being in the competition?
Lucy: Mine’s been insane. I remember doing a gig a month before my audition and there were probably six people there listening to the gig and then walking off. And then I did a gig at the Lead Mill in Sheffield after my audition and it sold out.
Jade: I only ever really sing in my house. So there is a really huge difference from just singing in the bath or singing around the house to doing something like this. That’s a complete polar opposite. But for me I think that makes it really fresh, so I’m just enjoying everything and taking every day as it comes. Because for me, this is something completely out of the norm. So it’s just amazing to be able to be involved in it.
Ella: I think it’s just really exciting. It’s happened really fast as well. When I’ve watched this show previous years, you see how the contestants change, and you think ‘oh it can’t really happen that fast’, but it does when you're involved in it.
Lucy: There’s no transition between your first audition and being here, it’s just so fast.
So can we expect any X Factor romances this year? I’ve heard that Ella and Dan from GMD3 are getting pretty close?
Ella: Me and Dan actually went to the same college. We were in different years so we sort of know each other. So it’s just nice so we can relate to stuff – it’s a friendship.
Jade: We’re all too busy concentrating on the show and having pillow fights and jumping on each other’s beds. We are all paired in different rooms. We all go from one room to the other. So we’re all sitting in one person’s room then we’ll run to someone else’s.
Lucy: We’re room hopping. Not like that…
Have you had any romantic attention since the show?
Lucy: I read a story the day after my first audition that said ‘Lucy hopes her X factor fame finds her a girlfriend.’ I was like ‘WHAT!?!?' So I’ve been getting emails from people sending pictures of themselves saying ‘Hi. I'm a chatty, 45-year-old woman from Norwich’, and stuff like that.
Tulisa, what do you think of Rylan Clark?
Tulisa: I love him. He’s brilliant. I guarantee when the live shows start he’ll be in my dressing room.
Head back to heatworld tomorrow for our exclusive chat with Nicole Scherzinger and The Boys - Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Rylan Clark.