X Factor makeovers as Cher and Katie speak out

Friday October 8, 2010

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It's that time of the year again.

This weekend the X Factor live finals begin – and the hopefuls have been primped and preened ahead of their big debut.

Posing for a glamorous photo shoot, the contestants certainly look ready to conquer the world of pop, each transformed into potential chart toppers.

Meanwhile, Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel (pictured) have spoken out about the controversy surrounding their place on Saturday's show.

Cheryl Cole's decision to send through the pair instead of viewers' favourite Gamu Nhengu has caused outrage amongst fans.

And in the face of that, Cher, 17, said this week of her most recent performance: "Come Saturday they'll think, 'She picked herself back up.'

"That's what I'm going to do. I'm a fighter. I'm tiptop now and can't wait to show them all what I've got."

Katie, meanwhile, has told the press she's felt in the middle of a "whirlwind" since being chosen for the finals.

"I'm super focused about this upcoming show," she said. "I just can't wait to show the public and voters that we all deserve to be here."

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