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X Factor's live final 12 revealed

X Factor contestants with Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell's contestant Danyl Johnson (far left) is the early favourite

The 12 acts who will compete in the live finals of ITV's The X Factor have been selected by the show's judges.

Early favourites include Danyl Johnson, whose rendition of With A Little Help From My Friends was an early audition highlight, and teenager Lucie Jones.

Irish twins John and Edward are also through - but have been named rank outsiders by bookmakers William Hill.

Lloyd Daniels made the grade despite judge Cheryl Cole voicing concerns about his age - he is just 16.

Cole, who sings with Girls Aloud, told the Welsh youngster: "When you came in and sang, you really delivered but what concerns me is mostly your age.

"I was 19 when I was given my opportunity and I struggled to cope with it.

"It involves a lot of maturity and there is a massive responsibility. I feel the responsibility because you are only 16."

Praise from Kylie

Cole, now 26, felt the pressure of responsibility during this weekend's selection process.

While speaking to Manchester hopeful Daniel Fox, she paused, then walked off the film set, saying: "It doesn't feel right".

Having collected her thoughts, she later returned to the set to tell Fox he had not made it through to the live finals.

Lloyd Daniels, Rikki Loney, Cheryl Cole and Joseph McElderry
Cheryl Cole with (L-R) Lloyd Daniels, Rikki Loney and Joseph McElderry

Cole, along with her three fellow judges, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell will each mentor three acts over the coming weeks.

Minogue is looking after the under 25-year-old girls, and looked to her sister Kylie to help her make her selection.

Among the six contestants performing for the pair was Essex student Stacey Solomon, whose version of Over The Rainbow won high praise from Kylie.

She said: "I sang that song every night on tour for a while and it's one you don't want to mess up but, for me, it was flawless."

Walsh put through Irish brothers John and Edward, saying he "saw something in you that none of the other judges saw". The pair had been booed at auditions, while Cowell called them "obnoxious".

Meanwhile, Cowell sent through 25-year-old energy adviser Olly Murs at the expense of Daniel Pearce, who was seeking a second shot at fame after the disintegration of boyband One True Voice.

"It was about giving somebody a first shot," Cowell told the singer as he explained his decision.

The other acts to go through are: Rachel Adedeji, Miss Frank, Kandy Rain, Joseph McElderry, Rikki Loney and Jamie Archer, also known as Jamie Afro.

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