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The Scousers take over X Factor live shows


Rebecca Ferguson, Ray Quinn, Eaton Road and of course Chris Maloney have all spread the Scouse love on X Factor over the years and tonight it’s down to Anthony Russel and the LMA Choir to do the same.

The LMA choir is made up of founder and LMA Creative Director Stephanie Wallace Carr and 14 young people from musical courses at LMA, which is located on Duke Street and Hope Street in Liverpool’s city centre and celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

The LMA Choir, who sang James Bay hit Hold Back The River, wowed Williams enough to take them through to the live shows, despite misgivings about the group having 15 members.

The groups were flown out to the sprawling Beverly Hills home of Williams and wife and fellow judge Ayda as the judges’ houses stage of the competition continued.

Louis Tomlinson was joined by Liam Payne and Nile Rodgers to decide the fate of the boys category, sending Anthony Russel straight through to live shows.

Anthony made it as far as Judges’ Houses during last year’s X Factor, and was poised to make it to the live shows before quitting after admitting he was struggling with drink and drugs.

He returned this year and has made it through to the final stage. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Russell revealed Tomlinson contacted him last year and convinced him to go to rehab.

Russell, who describes the former One Direction star as his “guardian angel”, told the newspaper: “Louis is a godsend, I would be dead now if it was not for him. I think about it every day and pray for the kid every day, I owe him my life.”

At his worst stage, Russell said, he was drinking every day and got sacked from his job at Network Rail for turning up drunk.

As he prepares for the live shows, Russell said he hoped to make Tomlinson proud.

He said: “I’m always going to be a recovering addict. Since rehab Louis has called me. He proper cares. I need to make him proud.”

Let’s get supporting our Scouse finalists in their bids to be crowned winner of X Factor 2018. From all of us at The Guide Liverpool, good luck!

The X Factor live shows air from Saturday October 20 on ITV.



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