Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and the X Factor gang get ready for a huge weekend!

Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and the X Factor gang get ready for a huge weekend!
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Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and the other X Factor contestants get in some last minute practice before the next round of the competition begins...

It's been a busy week for Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and of course birthday boy Paije Richardson, as not only have they been practising hard for the big weekend, but have also been out and about on the publicity trail.

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The X Factor gang have already recorded a single for the Help For Heroes charity, and on Wednesday visited troops at the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.

Matt Cardle said of the experience: 'It was an amazing experience, to see all these soldiers with horrific injuries and still be some of the happiest and most positive people I’ve ever met in my life.'

Later on, boyband One Direction visited Wembley to see England play France, while the other X Factor contestants celebrated Paije Richardson's birthday with a big homecooked meal.

But after all the fun and games, it was back to work for the eight remaining contestants as after Aiden Grimshaw's shock departure last weekend the hopefuls realise the competition is tougher than ever.

Who will be out this weekend? We can't wait to find out!

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