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The winner of this year’s X Factor final is set to bag an extra reward after it emerged that they will support Beyonce at one of her forthcoming UK shows.

Either Sam Bailey, Nicholas McDonald or Luke Friend will open for the singer at her Birmingham gig on February 23 – news which Beyonce confirmed via video message.

 “Hey, I just wanna say good luck to all The X Factor finalists and announce a very special prize to the winner,” she announced.

“The winner of this year’s X Factor will be joining me on the Mrs Carter tour, coming back to Europe in February. I can’t wait to see you soon. Good luck!”

Beyonce’s tour will also take in shows in Manchester and Glasgow, as well as four nights at London’s O2 Arena.

Her music was also one of the themes of last weekend’s X Factor semi-final, along with the songs of Elton John.

The remaining singers will have a taste of performing for a large audience this weekend as the final reaches Wembley Arena – with an audience of around 10,000 expected to attend.