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A brief history of the duo

Diva Fever is a duo consisting of Craig Saggers  and Josef Al-Smadi, friends who met through the University of Leicester. Saggers from Longthorpe, Peterborough is studying English Language and has recently completed his second year. Al-Smadi, from Wigston, Leicestershire  is studying English through the Open University while working for British Gas in Leicester. Craig Saggers has previously performed in his home town of Peterborough at Fireworks and Christmas Lights events and won an X Factor style contest called the Top Notch Factor.

They initially auditioned with “Let It Be” until Simon asked them to change it after expecting them to be “more interesting”. Craig said “I’m singing my heart out because I’m not having a ‘no’.” and they then performed “Proud Mary” and received three yeses! At bootcamp they decided to apply facepaint to stand out and sang “Bad Romance”. At the judges house they performed “Love Machine” but weren’t picked to be in the initial top 12 acts. However, a wildcard option was introduced for this year’s show and Simon chose them as his wildcard act for the live finals.

In week 1 of the live shows, they performed “Sunny” and they were safe.

In week 2 they sang “Gotta Go Home” / “Barbra Streisand”. In the song however, they made tributes not only to Barbra Streisand as in the original, but also to Judy Garland and to Louis Walsh in addition to shouting their own name as well.

As a result of the public vote, they were put in Bottom Three and had to sing in a showdown with another of Cowell’s acts, girl group Belle Amie. After singing “I Will Survive”, they were eliminated by the judges vote 3-0, with Walsh, Minogue and Cole opting to eliminating Diva Fever. Their mentor, Cowell, didn’t have to vote after all the independent judges opted for eliminating the duo act in favour of saving Belle Amie for one more week. Minogue based her vote on the performance of both bands on the final showdown, whereas Walsh said he based his vote on who he thought had be the greater potential to grow in the coming weeks. Cole decided to eliminate Diva Fever without giving her reasoning, and Diva Fever finished 13th overall. When the voting figures were released after the show, it revealed that Belle Amie received fewer votes than Diva Fever did.

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