Up to 15 million people are expected to watch the final of X Factor tonight.

Bookmakers favourite Alexandra Burke will go up against boyband JLS and teenager Eoghan Quingg in the ITV talent show at 19:10 GMT, with the results due to be announced shortly before 22:00 GMT.

As part of the final the contenders will perform a duet with well-known pop acts, with rumours suggesting that Beyonce, Westlife and Boyzone could all appear on the show tonight.

The winner of this year's competition will also release a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah in time for Christmas.

Judge Simon Cowell has said that winning the £1 million recording contract this year is even more important due to the global economic downturn.

And asked if he was going to sign any of the losing contestants, Cowell said: "I'm not going to make any decisions at this time.

"I think under the current climate I would say it was more important to win the show this year than any other year. Like every other business the record business is tougher than it was last year."

13/12/2008 09:49:36