Count down to three

Su­per­stars add to the ex­cite­ment in X Fac­tor’s grand fi­nal week, writes Lisa Simmons

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THE X Fac­tor has un­veiled its all-male fi­nal three who will be tu­tored by vis­it­ing Aus­tralian pop princess Kylie Minogue in grand fi­nal week. Two young singers join the fi­nal show­down. They are Reece Mastin, 16, of South Aus­tralia and con­creter Johnny Ruffo, 23, from Western Aus­tralia, both men­tored by Guy Se­bas­tian in the boys un­der 25s cat­e­gory. The third fi­nal­ist is An­drew Wishart, 41, of Seaford, Vic­to­ria, who is men­tored by Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte.

The fi­nal three were un­veiled when in­ter­na­tional judge Ro­nan Keat­ing farewelled Syd­ney trio Three Wishez from the tele­vi­sion tal­ent show on Tues­day night.

The three re­main­ing crowd favourites head into a spec­tac­u­lar last two nights which fea­tures the re­turn of all the Top 12 con­tes­tants and US rock­ers The Fray and hip-hop stars Salt-n-pepa ap­pear­ing as spe­cial guests along­side Minogue.

Ruffo says win­ning the se­ries would be a dream come true.

‘‘It seems a shame to get so far and not go all the way,’’ he says.

‘‘From the com­ments made so far, they’re look­ing for some­one they can mar­ket over­seas as well as here. I hope that’s me.’’

Mastin, mean­while, says win­ning The X Fac­tor would change his life.

‘‘I’ve spent my whole life try­ing to break into the mu­sic scene – this is my big chance.’’

Ruffo and Mastin are hits with teen view­ers. Wishart, mean­while, at­tracts an older vote.

Ruffo does not un­der­es­ti­mate his com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘An­drew has never been in the bot­tom two,’’ says Russo. ‘‘He’s the dark horse of the com­pe­ti­tion.’’ Mastin, mean­while, prefers not to fo­cus too hard on the com­pe­ti­tion, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on his own per­for­mances.

‘‘I don’t like to think about the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he says. ‘‘Ev­ery­one is re­ally good and the prize, well, it’s huge.’’

The X Fac­tor: Mon­day and Tues­day, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

Salt-n-pepa’s Gold Coast gig. See re­port, page 40.

Reece Mastin and Johnny Ruffo

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