We all watched as X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger made the difficult decision of choosing which of the boys to take through to the live shows over the weekend.

The contestants, who (along with show host Dermot O’Leary and Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack) were taken to one of the top hotel resorts in Dubai, the Jumeirah Hotel, each took it in turn to perform for Nicole and her guest judge Ne-Yo at the luxurious setting of the Jumeira Sabeel Saray Hotel.

The one contestant who Pappzd was especially rooting for was Starboy Nathan, who has suffered backlash since auditioning for the show due to the fact that he has already had commercial success.

The lavish atmosphere of the hotel’s restaurant Voi, provided some comfort to Starboy Nathan and the others who were finally told that they didn’t manage to get through to the live shows stage of the competition.

However it will be a cold bump back to reality for the boy finalists Jahmene, James Arthur, Douglas and Rylan Clarke as live shows take place back in cold and rainy London this weekend. I bet they wish they could shoot the rest of their performances at Jumeirah Hotel too.

Check out more of our behind-the-scenes pictures below.