Two X Factor acts face the chop on Sunday?
Two 'X Factor' acts are facing elimination this weekend after Simon Cowell warned the contestants about their ''quality and dedication'' to the competition
Two 'X Factor' acts are facing the chop this weekend.
Show boss Simon Cowell - who left the series earlier this year to concentrate on the US version of the programme - is hoping the double eviction will improve the "quality and dedication" of year's contestants, who include the likes of Frankie Cocozza, Kitty Brucknell and Misha B.
Speaking to the hopefuls in a transatlantic phone call, he reportedly said: "This is your one chance. You have to take control of the situation and stamp your authority on the show.
"A lot of you are not doing that right now. Come up with your own ideas and demonstrate you are a recording artist."
The tough-talking music mogul is said to be keen to boost the lagging ratings of the ITV1 show with the shock double eviction.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Cowell wasn't messing around when he spoke to them and he left them in no doubt they all needed to improve. He can't be here because he is so busy in the States but he hopes this will help the singers and the ratings."
Meanwhile, Gary Barlow has held crisis talks with his fellow judges Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos to discuss how they can improve the current series after it was beaten in the ratings by rival BBC One talent show 'Strictly Come Dancing' last weekend for the first time since 2008.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: "It wasn't all fun and games. There were serious matters to discuss. Everyone is worried about how well the show is doing and Gary took matters into his own hands by arranging a gathering.
"He told them they need to make sure the show gets stronger as they don't want to be beaten by 'Strictly' again. Everyone enjoyed the night and Gary thought it a good idea to have a bit of team bonding.
"They all left feeling more positive about the future and the judges all vowed to knuckle down with their acts to make 'X Factor' better."