Rak-Su crowned The X Factor 2017 winner

Rak-Su crowned the winner of The X Factor 2017

The four lads from Watford beat Grace Davies to the top spot. They will now release Dimelo with Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy.

Dermot O’Leary announced the news in a live final that saw Little Mix, P!nk and Sam Smith perform.

Managed by Simon, the band were overcome with emotion, but thanked the fans and their family for their support.

Jamal said: “I just want to thank everyone at home, everyone here, all my friends and family who made this special, I’m speechless.”

It was the first ever X Factor final where no covers were performed, and all four songs sang were original songs.

Simon said: “I want to say first of all congratulations to Grace who is really an outstanding artist.

“Obviously to the guys, Rak-Su, you are gentleman, stars and to everyone that voted thank you.

“I also have to say something else. This doesn’t get paid for for nothing.

“I want to say thank you to Just Eat, the panel, the contestants and the audience at home.”

French soulful singer-songwriter Kevin Davy White hoped to make it big in the UK. He made it through to the live final on the show but came third place after singing Led Zepplin’s Whole Lotta Love.

Benevolent causes

In another X Factor first, it was announced the duets would be the winner’s single this year – and the money would all be going to charity.

Simon Cowell donated £250,000 to children’s hospice charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase who will receive the profits from this year’s winner’s single.

Simon then asked viewers to help raise £1 million over the weekend for the children’s hospices.

The final saw Rak-Su duet with Grammy-award winning rapper Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy, performing their original track Dimelo. Davies sung with BRIT Award winner Paloma Faith, performing Davies’ original song, Roots.

Additionally, the two finalists both sang original songs, with Davies performing Nothing But Words, and Too Young, while Rak-Su sang Touché and Mona Lisa. Rak-Su had overwhelmingly been favourite to win throughout the series.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: The X Factor UK

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