It was inevitable really. Every year the X Factor spawns a whole host of semi-talented wannabes and tween sensations that end up touring their endless butcherings around the country, with whoever the winner turns out to be hacking and slashing their way through a classic and ruining it for everyone (see last years Cannonball cover by Little Mix and the sooner forgotten the better Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke). But this year it seems the powers that be at the X Factor have scaled things back as only seven of the finalists from the reality series will be hitting arenas around the UK and Ireland, probably due to the flagging ratings and general ambivalence of everyone towards this years trough of soon to be broken dreamers.
The "lucky" contestants making it onto the tour are James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Christopher Maloney and groups Union J and District3. And Rylan Clark. Yes, this guy. I mean, we all knew he was going to book a string of college balls and gay bars after the show, but now we get the pleasure of the whole spectacle live in The O2 Dublin and Odyssey Arena Belfast on February 25th and 27th respectively. Hopefully he'll be able to duet with a holographic Liberace and our brains will just explode. Or the world will end in December as the Mayans predicted. Either or.