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