Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ladylike Dannii Minogue still the reigning X Factor style queen as Cheryl's all trussed up in tight leather pants

By Daily Mail Reporter

Just lovely: Dannii Minogue dazzled in a ladylike red dress to the X Factor press conference in London today

Fans of X Factor have been just as transfixed by the unspoken battle taking place each week on the X Factor.

And for the most part, Dannii Minogue has reigned supreme in the style wars, trumping fellow judge Cheryl Cole week after week.

And the 39-year-old has done it again, dazzling in a ladylike red dress at today's X Factor press conference in London.

Rocker chic? Cheryl missed the mark in a quilted leather jacket and trousers

Dannii looked radiant as she posed for photographers with her finalist Matt Cardle at the Connaught Hotel.

The shocking red frock was teamed with a sleek bob and nude platform pumps.

Go team! The mentors are pulling out all the stops to help their contestants at the conference at the Connaught Hotel

Me and me girls: Cheryl posed with her finalists Cher Lloyd and Rebecca

Meanwhile Cheryl Cole, who - despite having two stylists - has lagged behind in the style stakes this series, missed the mark in a rocker-inspired ensemble.

The 27-year-old judge wore leather trousers and a quilted leather jacket over a shimmering jumper and Alexander Wang open-toe heels.

Bookies favourite: Matt Cardle is still the hot favourite to win the competition

Here come the boys: Simon Cowell was stern-faced as he posed with One Direction members (L-R) Liam, Louis, Harry, Zain and Niall

Cheryl was joined by 'her girls,' Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd at the press conference, after travelling to each other their home towns this week to film scenes for the show.

Rebecca, 24, was typically stylish in a black bejeweled dress and stockings, while 17-year-old Cher wore a pink hoodie, black jeans and grey heeled sheepskin boots.

The last hurrah: The X Factpr finalists take their seats with their mentors as they speak to the press and reveal details about this weekend's final

Cher is to team up with Cheryl Cole's pal in one of a number of mouth-watering duets for The X Factor final.

The teenage 'mini Cheryl' will sing with the Black Eyed Peas frontman on this weekend's show. But Cher, who bookmakers have made the favourite to leave first, admitted she did not expect to win.

Heroine: Cher looks adoringly at Cheryl as the pop star speaks at the conference

Head-to-head: Cher and Rebecca share a joke ahead of battling it out for the X Factor crown this weekend

She said: 'I know I'm not going to win. Come on, I'm the rapper.'

Robbie Williams will join boyband One Direction for a duet, while R&B's hottest property Rihanna will join forces with show hunk Matt Cardle.

Boy band blues: One Direction look serious as they address the press with mentor Simon

Oh the shame! Cheryl said something to Dannii to make her blush as Matt looks on and grins at his mentor who holds her head in her hands

Powerhouse diva and Burlesque star Christina Aguilera will team up with shy Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson.

At a press conference in London, where details of the final were revealed, X Factor judge Louis Walsh said he wanted Rebecca to win, while Simon Cowell backed his remaining act, One Direction.

Friends again: They've bickered a lot on the show but today Dannii and Louis put their spats behind them

Thanks for your time: Louis and host Dermot O'Leary bid farewell to the press

Cheryl, who is mentor to Cher and Rebecca, said: 'I think I've got two very, very special girls and it's not about me winning, it's about them winning.'

Simon also batted away controversy about this year's series. The ITV1 talent search has continued to attract millions of viewers but has been hit by claims of fixes and controversy over the use of auto-tuning technology.

Hot competition: Cher, Matt Cardle and One Direction are preparing to battle it out in the final

Simon said: 'We welcome any investigation by Ofcom. I don't want this to be the goody-goody show and pretend we are nice people because we are not. We work in the music business.'

The act with the fewest public votes will be kicked off on Saturday night, leaving three finalists to perform on Sunday when the winner is announced.

Boy band: One Direction are rumoured to be dueting with Robbie Williams on Saturday night

Cowell, 51, had been in talks with iconic superstar Prince to appear on the final, his demands were said to be ‘outrageous’.

While One Direction, Matt, Cher and Rebecca were at the press conference today all of this year's rejected finalists returned to the studio to rehearse for the big spectacle on Saturday night.

Pop star dream: Cher will perform with, while Matt is understood to be taking the stage with Rihanna

Rebecca tweeted before leaving for the Connaught: 'So nice to see old faces here in studio today.'

Katie Waissel, Treyc Cohen and Paije Richardson enjoyed lunch together near Wembley while the others attended the news conference.

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Good to be back: Meanwhile Katie, Paije and Treyc enjoyed lunch during a break from rehearsals for the finale


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