Simon Cowell appeared to give away the winner of The X Factor winner 2018 in a pre-final chat with This Morning.
The music mogul told Lizzie Cundy the name of the person who is pretty much guaranteed to win on Sunday night’s X Factor final.
And – unsurprisingly – it’s the same act all the bookies have been pushing.
"Who’s your money on as the winner?" Lizzie asked Simon.
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Simon’s money is on Dalton Harris to win
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"I would say everyone’s got to beat Dalton Harris at this point. It probably will – and it should – come down to what happens on the night. They’re all got great songs so it’ll be exciting."
As well as handing Dalton the win, Simon opened up about the car-crash performance Cheryl gave on the X Factor two weeks ago.
He was seen looking shocked at the end of her set, turning to fellow judge Louis Tomlinson and mouthing, ‘Is she OK?’ after Cheryl gyrated around the stage, writhed on the floor and licked her own hand in the raunchy performance.
And now he admits he thought Cheryl had DIED at the end of her dancing.
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Simon thought Cheryl had died
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He was seen asking if she was dead
"I thought she was dead at the end, actually," he confessed to Lizzie.
"I remember her lying there, I said to Louis, ‘I think she’s dead’. And then she stood up, so I was laughing afterwards."
Simon also opened up about comments Sharon Osbourne made against the show, after she branded him "a fat-faced motherf**ker".
She was axed shortly after the interview, but Simon said he holds no grudge against her – and hinted Sharon will even be back this weekend for the live final.
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Simon hinted that Sharon would be back for the live final
"Sharon makes me laugh. I had a conversation with her a few weeks ago, because she did one interview and she thought I’d be mad," he said.
"And I was actually laughing when I phoned her, I said, ‘You were gobby when you first came on this show, you’re still gobby so I can’t be mad. And by the way, you can still come to the finals.’
"I’ve learned when I say something about her family, I did it once or twice, it was like, ‘woah’. So I treat it as fun now.
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