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The return of the 47-year-old reggae star has been mooted as a complement to Reggie ‘N’ Bollie on this year’s end-of-season extravaganza

The X Factor final has become a magnet for A-listers – so imagine my surprise to hear Shaggy has got the gig.

1995’s Mr Boombastic will join stadium-fillers Coldplay and One Direction this year – in a slot which previously starred George Michael, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran.

The 47-year-old reggae star has been brought in by judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versinias the perfect accompaniment for her act Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, who have proved the unlikely heroes of the series.

The duo have brought light relief and energy to the line-up, and show insiders are optimistic they will be there till the end.

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A source said: “The X Factor final is a big deal , which is why so many big names are keen – but it’s also about ­entertainment.

Mike MarslandCheryl Fernandez-Versini attends the press launch of "The X Factor"

Personal pledge: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has selected the reggae star for the X Factor final show

“Getting Shaggy to sing with Reggie ‘N’ Bollie is about bringing the feel-good factor. And it is likely a few of his hits will be sung.”

Jamaican-American Shaggy boasts an impressive 12 studio albums and four UK No1s – Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me, Angel and Oh Carolina – and has sold as many records as Bob Marley.

ITVReggie 'N' Bollie on X-Factor

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My insider added: “People may have written off Reggie ‘N’ Bollie as winners but historically acts like theirs have proved popular.

“There’s a real trend for this right now and the hope is they’ll be successful when the series ends too.”

Big up!

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