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Purple final

Simon Cowell has fulfilled a long-held ambition. No, not getting off with Cheryl Cole. No, it's that he's reportedlyconvinced The Purple One, the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince - or, as he's now known, Prince - to play the X Factor final in December.

TAFKATAFKAP would probably be one of the three guest stars singing a hit with a finalist - and given his star power, you can probably assume whoever he's paired with is the one Cowell wants to win. That worked with Kylie's duet with the otherwise-dreary Leon, remember?

No words yet on what they'll sing. We'd have though Purple Rain, which has been sung by more than a few X Factor hopefuls, is a likely bet.

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