X Factor plan shock elimination
Simon Cowell held crisis talks with the 'X Factor' contestants on Wednesday (29.10.14), in which he warned them to work harder - and told them an extra act will leave the competition tomorrow (01.11.14)
An 'X Factor' finalist will be booted off the show tomorrow (01.11.14).
Head judge Simon Cowell wants to give the remaining contestants a "wake-up call" because he is furious with the poor quality of some performances so warned the acts in a 20-minute rant that the one with the lowest number of votes at the end of Saturday's live show will be going home, with another following on Sunday (02.11.14).
During a crisis meeting on Wednesday (29.10.14), Simon told the hopefuls: "The biggest problem I've got is the sing-offs, which have been horrendous, and there's no excuse.
"Michael Jackson was once asked the three things which make you into a star. And he said, 'rehearse, rehearse, rehearse'. "That's what it's all about. It's not about mucking around with your friends in the house.
"There are no second chances. This is how important the performance is on Saturday and Sunday. You all need a bit of a wake-up call. You've all got to build up your game and you've got to be the best you've ever been as this is what the music business is like.
"You put out a rubbish record, it doesn't chart. You do a rubbish performance on the night, you're out."
The contestants were said to be "shell-shocked" by the 55-year-old music mogul's outburst and have vowed to work harder.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon was fuming. He cares deeply about this show and if the acts aren't performing, that reflects badly on him.
"Viewing figures haven't been great recently and Simon is desperate to do something about it.
"It's safe to say the contestants got the message loud and clear.
"They were shell-shocked. Just because they have made the live shows, it does not mean they are superstars. If they get booted off at this stage, they will probably just fade off into total obscurity."