London: Westlife performed an emotional swansong at the final ‘X Factor’ show marking their last song after announcing their split.
The iconic Irish ‘boy’ band took to the stage at the Wembley arena for the show’s final, singing ‘What About Now’ to the 10,000 strong crowds.
The five took their traditional positions standing simply in a row behind their mikes for the emotional last performance.
“Great atmosphere down at the xfactor ! Coldplay next door to us! Defo watching their rehearsal Class,” the Daily Mail quoted Shane Filan as tweeting from backstage before their last performance.
But Kian Egan was getting emotional as he tweeted, “On the way to x factor rehearsal now. This will be our last tv performance as Westlife. (A great one to finish on. Love u all x #sad.”
Also Nicky Byrne, revealed about the show less than three hours before it actually rocks posting: “On plane heading down runway !! Up up and away.”
They had announced the news of on their official Twitter feed, writing: “We are excited to announce that Westlife will be performing on @TheXFactor final this Sunday 11th December on ITV1!”
Westlife confirmed their split after topping the charts for 14 years in October.
“After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell-out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year,” they had said.
“The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures,” they added.
The quartet asserted that they believe their greatest hits album, due for release this Christmas, is the perfect way to say goodbye to their fans.