Liverpool's Marcus Collins and Craig Colton safely made it through to the next round of the X Factor live finals... and Marcus has become one of the favourites to win the show.

 

There was a party atmosphere in the air for the club classics-themed week at the X Factor studios, as all contestants gave lively performances of some chart-topping hits.

 

Shining on stage and delivering a stunning performance of Jackie Wilson’s classic ‘Reet Petite’, Marcus Collins, who last week won our X Factor favourite Scouser street poll, stunned the audience and all of the judges last night.

 

Marcus, who is being placed by paddypower.com as

favourite to win the singing competition, danced his

way perfectly though the vintage hit. Louis Walsh told

the 23-year-old: “I didn’t think you could get any better.

You are the perfect pop star. You can sing, dance, you

have the X Factor, 100 per cent.”

 

Gary Barlow looked very much the proud mentor as

he told the bubbly Scouser: “Week on week, you just

keep getting better and better. That was not just the

performance of the night. That was the performance

of the season.”

 

Craig Colton wowed all of the judges with his

much-anticipated up-tempo performance of the DJ

Sammy, and Bryan Adams, hit ‘Heaven’.

 

N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos told the 22-year-old

former biscuit factory worker: “I knew you could do it,

I said you should do something up-tempo, you’ve got

the voice you can pull off anything.”

 

Craig’s mentor, Take That superstar, Gary Barlow

was certainly impressed with his performance, and

he said: “You delivered once again. In the back of the

net - well done.”

 

Before the performance Craig took to Twitter to ask for support, he said: “Me and Marucs need a lot of support this weekend everyone. We are both very scared. Two people will be voted off!”

 

It looked like this worked as both the boys sailed through to next week’s show.

 

Tonight’s double eviction results show shockingly saw one of the bookies’ favourites to win the competition, The Risk, be evicted by the public vote.

 

Both of Louis Walsh’s acts, Kitty Brucknell and Johnny Robinson, then had to battle it out to sing for their survival in the singing competition.

 

After a tense sing-off, it was 45-year-old Johnny Robinson who was voted off the show as Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland all decided to keep Kitty in the competition.

 

 

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Ain't no stopping X Factor's Liverpool lads

By Camilla Cole, Entertainment Editor

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