Simon Cowell orders finalists to raise their game

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has scheduled extra rehearsals for this year’s finalists and told them to raise their game if they want to win.

According to The Mirror, Simon was disappointed with the quality of singing in the semi-finals last week as Matt and Mary battled with sore throats and Cher Lloyd struggled to stay in tune.

In a bid to make sure the same doesn’t happen for the final, Simon has cancelled time off and ordered all production staff, stylists and singers to take part in full dress rehearsals on Friday and Saturday to guarantee a great show and bumper ratings.

A show source said: “Simon made it clear everything has to be perfect.

“He wants everything to run like clockwork, especially after the controversy last weekend. We are all in doing a full day and night on Friday now as well as working flat-out all weekend.

“He told the singers and us to raise our game for the final. It will be exhausting, but we can pull it off.”