Weeks of lively auditions, gruelling boot camps and tense on-stage showdowns draw to a close with the first instalment of the talent show's grand final. Before the winner is announced, the remaining acts face another stand-off, as the judges deliver their verdict on each act's performance. As ever though, their decisions are not the only thing that will determine who emerges as this year's champion, with the public vote to follow. Plus, a selection of guest stars also take to the stage to help send this year's contest off in style.
Each X Factor judge is in charge of a different section of singers on the show. The judges do not know what section of the competition they will be in charge of until the audition process has finished. Each judge then has to pick four acts to take forward to the live section of the show. Each week the two acts with the lowest amount of public votes have to sing again in a final showdown after which the judges decide who should be eliminated. Once there are only five acts left remaining it becomes left to the public to decide who should go.