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Monday, 04 December 2017 05:44

Rak-Su beat Grace Davies

Rak-Su were crowned the winner's of X Factor 2017, making history as the first boy band to ever scoop the top prize - a feat even One Direction couldn't achieve.
After facing off against fellow finalist Grace Davies, the boys proved to be overwhelmingly popular during the live show at London's ExCel on Sunday night, with the studio audience loudly chanting their name after each performance.
As host Dermot O'Leary approached winning contestant Jamal Shurland after he hugged his bandmates in celebration, the budding star gushed: 'Thank you everybody who voted for us,' before admitting: 'I'm speechless, honestly.'

The boys, who were steered to victory by mentor Simon Cowell, were given barely time for the news to sink in, before they were back in performance mode.

Perhaps getting a taste of their immediate future, they soon found themselves in the company of star producers and musicians Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy, as they performed their new Latin-tinged single Dimelo.
As the elated winners put on their best coordinated moves, Wyclef shimmied his way onto the stage, performing a rap before dancing with Rak-Su - and the rest of the X Factor finalists, who crowded the stage as golden confetti rained down on them.


The band members - which comprise Myles Stephenson, Jamal Shurland, Mustafa Rahimtulla and Ashley Fongho - thanked their family and friends for their support on hearing the news, while their mentor, Simon, was delighted for the 'gentlemen'.
Simon said: 'Congratulations to Grace, and obviously, to you guys, Rak-Su, you are gentlemen, you are stars. And to everyone who voted, thank you.'
For the first time, both finalists sang original songs in the last show of the series, as they had done throughout the process, with Grace performing Nothing But Words and Too Young, and Rak-Su impressing with their tracks Touché and Mona Lisa.


Following the show, Simon boldly declared that Rak-Su have the potential to be as big as One Direction, telling The Sun: 'There’s an awful lot of artists in entertainment who appear nice in front of the cameras but behind them they’re monsters.
'Not these guys. These guys have that same thing as 1D, a certain class. The group are so important to the show for that reason. When you have people like these guys who have ambition it’s great and there’s this wonderful afterglow.'


The night before, Kevin Davy White was seen devastated as he was voted off.
Standing on stage with Nicole Scherzinger, his mentor declared that she 'couldn't wait for his album' - predicting a bright future for the aspiring pop star.
Kevin, 29, had continually impressed throughout the competition, and went on to make the final three, kicking off the show with a performance of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.


He performed the first of the famous X Factor final duets, teaming up with Tokio Myers, the winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent.
He rehashed his version of George Michael's Fast Love, with Tokio accompanying him on the drums.
The Parisian singer - who has now made the UK his home - took the defeat gracefully, insisting that he was happy to get that far and thanking the UK for their support.


Speaking to host Dermot O'Leary after it was revealed Rak-Su and Grace Davies would be going into Sunday night's final, Kevin said: ' It's [three] my new lucky number! Thank you to the UK for believing in me and putting me on that stage.
'Thank you to all of you. I love you so much. I can't wait to show you what I can do.'
Whilst Nicole added: 'For me, Dermot he has already won. He has already won the hearts of so many people out there. What a beautiful beautiful platform this is for him.'


Both Rak-Su and Grace, as well as their mentors Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, were thrilled to have made it to the final two.
Asked how they felt about making it this far, Rak-Su's Mustafa said: 'I'm speechless. I'm so emotional. Thank you so much to everyone that's voted for us. We never thought we'd make it here, from our first audition up until now.'
Whilst Grace added: 'It's been the most amazing experience. Thank you to the judges, thank you to the contestants for making it so fun.'


Rak-Su sang their own track Mamacita, which led to a riotous sweep of applause from the audience.
Grace was joined by Paloma Faith who sang Grace's own song, Roots, with her.
This ended with Grace bursting into floods of tears, unable to speak through her sobs, thanking Paloma for her support.
Paloma told of how Grace had been a 'micro-manager' in rehearsals, telling her where to stand. 'I would have been the same though!' Paloma quickly added.
Rak-Su performed another original track, and teamed up with two special guests - Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy.

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