The X Factor 2016 finalists in the Boys category are one stage away from being revealed following tonight’s six chair challenge.
This evening saw Nicole Scherzinger take control of the category an she had the very tough task of whittling them down to just six for judges’ houses.
The six chair challenge at Wembley Arena saw LOTS of drama and an impromptu sing off as Nicole found it difficult selecting who to give a seat to.
First up was charity worker Mike Hough who got off to a shaky start singing I Have Nothing with an unimpressed Nicole saying she was ‘disappointed’ in the unoriginal performance but gave him 20 seconds to sing Steve Wonder’s Superstitious and he impressed enough to take the first seat – but for how long?
Will Rush wasn’t as lucky and had to leave after singing his own song – which Simon called ‘self indulgent rubbish’. But James Hughes snapped up the second seat after a funky Proud Mary which delighted the audience and judges – the confident 17 year old even threw in a wink for Simon!
Barman Niall Sexton was keen to impress Nicole by singing her own song Run. Simon thought he had an ‘incredible voice’ and he took the third seat.
Conor McGinty joined him in the line up after singing Every Breaking Wave even thought Simon thought his performance had been ‘really boring’.
Matt Terry didn’t need to sing a note to get the audience on his side as they cheered the handsome waiter, but Nicole halted his singing of When I Was Your Man for being a ‘step too high’. Matt brought it down and did just enough to take seat number five even though his mentor admitted she thought he was going to do better.
The sixth and final seat went to Luca Valenti who sang a raw version of Take Me Home which Louis called ‘fantastic’. And so with every seat now full the pressure was on for the remaining Boys.
Freddy Parker was also stopped during his singing of How Deep Is Your Love? with Nicole asking him to replay his audition song – Love Is A Losing Game – at the piano instead. The soulful song suited him far better and the 18 year old took a seat from Conor after Nicole thought he was a risk worth taking.
With the crowd still booing Conor’s departure, it was time for Nate Simpson to take the stage to sing Leona Lewis’s Run – which Simon declared had been the best performance in the category so far. Nicole thought he had ‘so much power’ and Nate easily stole the seat from Mike – who probably hadn’t done as well as he could have.
Throwing another problem into the mix was show favourite Christian Burrows who was up last to sing a powerful Feeling Good complete with his own amazing rap. He completely stormed it and everyone was up and right behind the 19-year-old. Even the seated boys were up on their feet! Sharon said she had been ‘blown away’ and Simon said it had been the ‘most passionate performance’ in the group.
Nicole was very impressed and wanted to give him a seat but suggested that she wanted to hear Matt Terry sing for his seat again before making her final decision because he hadn’t done enough. Poor Matt defended his place by singing a cool Secret Love Song with rival Christian waiting to hear his fate in the wings.
Nicole went with her ‘gut and heart’ and Matt kept his seat, but what of the very exciting Christian? Happily he secured the final spot at the expense of Luca Valenti who left the competition to give the judge her final six Boys.
Once all was said and done, James Hughes, Niall Sexton, Matt Terry, Freddy Parker, Nate Simpson and Christian Burrows had a seat and are now through to judges’ houses.
But which of them will go on to take part in the X Factor live shows which start next month?