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?

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The X Factor wildcard 2017 twist has been confirmed with four acts returning for the live shows.

At the end of judges’ houses this evening the final 12 finalists were revealed.

But viewers now have the opportunity to give a second chance to acts who have been sent home, voting them through to the live shows next weekend.

There will be a total of FOUR wild card acts – one in each category – who will join the 12 finalists chosen by the judges.

In each category, you are to vote for one of the three acts who made judges’ houses but wasn’t chosen by their mentor to make the live shows.

X Factor 2017 wild card acts
Saturday saw the Girls find out their fate as Sharon Osbourne said goodbye to Alisah Bonaobra, Deanna Mussington and Georgina Panton – who will fight for the girls’ wild card.

In the Overs category, Talia Dean, Slavko and Berget Lewis will compete for a second chance.

In the Groups, Lemonade, Jack & Joel and The New Girl Group will battle for the wildcard spot.

Finally, in the Boys, Jack Mason, Aidan Martin and Leon Mallett will be put up for the wild card vote.

You can vote for one act in each of the four categories via phone and mobile, with details available on The X Factor website and below.

Please note that if you are calling from a mobile you should call the short, seven-digit number. Votes cost 35p plus any network access charge. Votes in app are free. Vote T&Cs at itv.com or stv.tv. Voting closes on Monday 23rd October at 1pm. The acts that receive the highest votes in each category will go through to the live shows.

Overs (Nicole):

Berget Lewis:
From a mobile: 650 51 01
From a landline: 09020 5051 01

From a mobile: 650 51 02
From a landline: 09020 5051 02

Talia Dean:
From a mobile: 650 51 03
From a landline: 09020 5051 03

Girls (Sharon):

Alisah Bonaobra:
From a mobile: 650 51 04
From a landline: 09020 5051 04

From a mobile: 650 51 05
From a landline: 09020 5051 05

Georgina Panton:
From a mobile: 650 51 06
From a landline: 09020 5051 06

Groups (Simon):

Jack & Joel:
From a mobile: 650 51 07
From a landline: 09020 5051 07

From a mobile: 650 51 08
From a landline: 09020 5051 08

New Girl Band:
From a mobile: 650 51 09
From a landline: 09020 5051 09

Boys (Louis):

Aidan Martin:
From a mobile: 650 51 10
From a landline: 09020 5051 10

Jack Mason:
From a mobile: 650 51 11
From a landline: 09020 5051 11

Leon Mallett:
From a mobile: 650 51 12
From a landline: 09020 5051 12

You don’t have long with the X Factor 2017 wildcard vote closing on Monday, October 23 at 1PM.

The results of the X Factor wild card act vote will then be revealed on Saturday at the top of the first live show.
The X Factor then returns next weekend on ITV with the very first of the live shows.

The X Factor will be live on Saturday at 8:20PM with the performances and return Sunday at 7PM with the first weekend of live singing.


Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Mo Farah were amongst the names that won awards in the celebrity categories at Radio 1’s Teen Awards today – held at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a 10,000 audience of 14-17 year olds.

Now in its eighth year, the biggest event in the teen calendar was hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and co-host Rita Ora and featured performances from Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and co-host Rita Ora.

The inspirational stories and achievements of four amazing Radio 1 teen heroes were at the heart of the event – with stars from the world of entertainment, music and sport – including Luke Evans, Louisa Johnson, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Tom Daley and the cast of EastEnders joining in the celebrations at the glitzy ceremony.

Radio 1’s Teen Hero Winners of 2017 are:

My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)
Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother Josh.

One Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)
Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy.

Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)
Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.

The celebrity awards were voted for by Radio 1’s listeners.

Full list of winners
Best TV Show – Love Island
Most Entertaining Celeb – Stormzy
Best International Group – The Chainsmokers
Best Film – Beauty and The Beast
Best British Group – Little Mix
Best Game – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best British Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
Best British Vlogger – Rose & Rosie
Best Single – Dua Lipa – New Rules
Best British Sports Star – Mo Farah