Cowell scraps plans for 'X Factor' dance week

‘The X Factor’ is ditching dance week in favour of Queen.

The ITV talent show’s head judge, Simon Cowell, has reportedly scrapped plans for a dance-themed show on Saturday in order to focus on a single artist, and force contestants to raise their game.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Simon wants bigger entrances and bigger performances from all of them. It doesn’t get much bigger than pretending to be Queen’s late singer Freddie Mercury.

“Simon also thinks that by giving all the contestants songs from the same artist it will be easier to work out who is the best.”

‘The X Factor’ has previously dedicated shows to Take That and Michael Jackson, but this will be the first show based around one artist in the present series.

Insiders suggest the change could be an example of Simon’s own acts – Jamie Archer, Olly Murs and Danyl Johnson - getting preferential treatment.

A source said: “Jamie will be brilliant singing a Queen song, as will Danyl.

“But it might prove difficult for Stacey Solomon or Lloyd Daniels.”

Twins John and Edward - who narrowly avoided the axe on Sunday’s show – previously sang Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ on Halloween.

However, Jamie has hit out at Simon after a series of rows over late switches in which song he was to perform on the Saturday live shows, vowing to choose his own songs from now on.

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