HOLLYOAKS ANNOUNCES EXPLOSIVE SCHOOL STUNT 17

Hollyoaks has revealed that the village is to be rocked by a massive gas explosion during the hotly anticipated stunt week.

The lives of  Head teacher Sally St Claire and teaching staff  Louis Loveday, Neeta Kaur and Luke Morgan, will be at risk when Hollyoak’s High becomes an inferno after a school prize-giving event.

It’s a vengeful Mac Nightingale who is responsible  for the deadly explosion.  In a fit of anger he sets fire to a drawing of his girlfriend, Neeta and her pupil lover, Hunter McQueen and throws the burning image into the path of a gas leak he has caused earlier by damaging the school boiler in a furious outburst.

Hollyoaks favourites including the Osborne family are also involved, as are sixth formers Tom Cunningham, Alfie Nightingale, Peri Lomax, Yasmine Maalik and Lily Drinkwell who are at the prize- giving event in memory of Jade Albright, who died last year from cancer.

Viewers have seen Neeta suffer at the hands of controlling Mac over the past few weeks and have already witnessed his jelaousy explode over the controversial affair with her teenage pupil Hunter.

Now it looks as if the pair’s secret romance is going to have catastrophic consequences as the explosion leaves lives hanging in the balance. Who will escape the blast unscathed? And is more death and destruction about to hit Hollyoaks?

Previous stunts have included a Halloween maze fire, a train derailment and a council house bomb explosion.

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X FACTOR UK: JUDGES HOUSES INTERVIEW SPECIAL 6

The route to the live shows draws tantalisingly closer for the remaining 24 X Factor contestants as they jet off to Judges’ Houses in a bid to land a coveted place in the live shows.

Offering a glimpse into the jet set lifestyle that The X Factor winner could have, the four categories travel to glamorous destinations across the world and with just one more chance to impress their mentor, each act will be hoping to convince them that they have the star quality required to reach the live shows.

This year the Boys will jet off to Istanbul to perform for Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell invites the Groups to the South of France, the Girls fly out to San Francisco to sing for Sharon Osbourne and the Overs category travels to South Africa hoping to impress Nicole Scherzinger.

With crucial decisions to be made, each judge has help at hand from guest judges who know all about what it takes to make it in the industry – Simon reunites with former X Factor judge and singer Cheryl, Nicole is aided by Mobo award-winning, BRIT nominated and man of the moment, grime artist, Stormzy; Sharon makes it a family affair with son Jack and daughter Kelly; and Louis is joined by Brit Award winner and Grammy nominated singer songwriter Mika.

As ever, X Factor host Dermot O’Leary will be on hand to congratulate the lucky three, and console those who fall at the final hurdle


Interviews with the Boys Catergory (Mentored by Louis Walsh with guest judge Mika)

AIDAN MARTIN (27 YEAR OLD BARMAN AND EVENTS HOST FROM LONDON)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I’ve been writing music for a very long time, music is all I’ve done. I think the writing side is something I am really proud of and I’m really pleased that this year I’ve been able to show myself through my original songs. I think that sets me aside from the others.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Louis is smart, creative and hilarious.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I would say that I have a John Legend/Sam Smith kind of vibe. I play the piano and I feel at home sat behind one. So I would say I am mainstream pop.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Grace Davies’ album. Like me, she’s doing original songs. When I heard the first song she did I was blown away, she’s really talented. I guess we share similarities so I really relate to her.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I feel like this is part of my path and because of that there’s a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I’ve always dreamed of this moment so to be honest, it’s all been tough. But that’s pressure I’m putting on myself. I did X Factor ten years and got to bootcamp, but I wasn’t ready. I was only 17. I was very young and thought I knew it all. I’ve learnt a lot along the way, I’m definitely ready now.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d love to be standing up in the charts against people like James Arthur. I hope to be working with lots of big names, have my own stuff out and really be appreciated as an artist.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I love Anne-Marie, I think she’s amazing. The tone of her voice is insane, her music is amazing. Sam Smith is someone I absolutely adore. If I can give people like John Legend and Sam Smith a run for their money then that would be amazing!

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Finally doing something for myself and working really hard, I’ve put my all into this. So to be recognised for my talent and the hard work I’ve put in, it would be amazing. I think it would help me accept myself for who I am. It’s an affirmation from someone else that makes you feel empowered.

JACK MASON (18 YEAR OLD BUSKER FROM ALDERSHOT)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I stand out because I have quite a different range to most male vocalists and I try my best to perform like I want this. I came from busking so I’ve had a lot of practice in really showing an audience what I mean. So all the performance techniques that come with that has made me more comfortable on stage than perhaps some of the others are.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Nice, strong-willed, and frankly, he’s just awesome! He was the person I was hoping for because he’s given me a lot of praise and confidence through the show so far.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I don’t like to compare myself to any other artists but if I had to describe my style it would be a soul singer, an R&B type vocalist. I love all styles of music. Being a busker opens you up to all sorts of music.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d definitely buy Grace’s album. She’s a lovely person and frankly, I love her songs, they are really great. We met and when I said I was leaving, she was the only one who got up to give me a hug. She’s really sweet. I love Aidan’s original songs too. I think it’s good this year because we’ve got a lot of people opening themselves up as artists, rather than cover artists.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
The toughest part was Six Chair Challenge. You’re sitting backstage seeing people go on and off the stage, getting a seat or not. You’ve got to know them through bootcamp, they’ve become your friends, so when they get sent home it’s upsetting. It’s really tough this year.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d love to be a recording artist making my own albums and selling out arenas. My main goal for my music is to hear my song on the radio and have people listen to it and say, ‘I bet you anything that’s Jack Mason’. That’s my dream.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I’d say people like Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith because of their music. But I’d also say Frankie Valli. He had a tough life, he got involved with a lot of bad stuff but he still focused on the music. It sounds cheesy but I believe in music the way kids believe in fairytales.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
I could never put it into words. It would be the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had. Even if I don’t make it through, just getting to Judges Houses, the last 24, is an accomplishment. But making it that extra step further and being able to show the nation what I can do on stage and who I can be as an artist, that would be great.

LEON MALLETT (22 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM NORWICH)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I have an urban edge with the style of music I do and I don’t think the other lads have that. Spencer has a little bit I guess, but I rap, so that makes me different.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I think he’s experienced, invested and honest.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I think I am pop with an urban twist. It’s something I have always done since I was 13 and where I see my career going.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d say Rak-Su. I think they are sick! I love their song in their audition. They are very my style, I like them a lot.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I think it was splitting up with my brother. We auditioned together and at bootcamp they asked us to separate, they said we should be soloists. So when I got a seat and he didn’t, it was really difficult. He’s my younger brother and I always want to look after him, so that was tough. He’s very supportive though.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I suppose it depends on how Judges’ Houses goes! I’d love to be touring the world, going to places I’ve never been before and people knowing who I am because of my music.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I get inspired by loads of artists; it’s difficult to say just one. The most obvious one is Ed Sheeran, then there are people like Stormzy.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would be insane. I’ve been doing music for years, spent a lot of time and invested money into it. So it would feel like it’s all clicking into place.

LLOYD MACEY (23 YEAR OLD GRADUATE FROM THE VALLEYS, SOUTH WALES)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I feel like I’m a different artist. Simon has said I’m in a category of my own which is musical theatre/pop. That’s completely different to the rest of the boys and I don’t think X Factor has had that on the show for a long time. Not since Rhydian has anyone on the show spoken Welsh, so I’d love to do that. The reaction since my audition has been amazing and I think I stand out because I’m not following anyone else; I’m doing my own thing.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I’d say he’s determined, hard-working and honest.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I think I’m sort of like a Josh Groban for the UK. Simon said it to me in my audition and that’s really where I see myself. I think mixing musical theatre and pop is a good thing.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Sam’s album. I know he’s a bit like the rat pack style, which is quite close to me and the music I like. So I would buy his stuff. I like the fact he’s a little different.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
The Six Chair Challenge, not just because I was the first to sing but also because I really needed the toilet! I was like, ‘Oh my god, I really need to go!’. So that was the toughest bit for me.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d love to have sold records and maybe even cross over to the West End. I’d prefer to be a recording artist first though. Louis has said that I might not be a pop star but I will sell records. Look at people like Michael Ball, he’s not a pop star but sells a lot of records.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Before Simon said it, I’d never really looked at artists like Josh Groban, it was more artists like Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. So it’s all those kind of artists who have had the guts to combine the two fields of music and have been successful.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean the absolute world. To have come this far and then go home would be awful. I feel like this is a journey and you want to fulfill that. I want to make Wales proud of me. The live shows are that extra step, the people who have got there, regardless of whether they have won, they’ve always gone on to do something, they’ve had a career after. So it would mean I can follow my dream and have a career.

SAM BLACK (27 YEAR OLD PLASTERER FROM ISLE OF MAN)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
To be honest I don’t know! I think everyone has their own talents. I’d say I’m the least experienced, I’m just a plasterer. I’ve never done a gig in my life but I’m here so I must be doing something right.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Louis is Irish, funny and lovely.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I think I’m old-school with a little bit of swing. I like the 60s vibe. It’s something I’ve always done. My grandad was a singing waiter back in Liverpool so I grew up with that kind of music in the house and it kind of stuck.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d probably buy Aidan’s album. I’ve listened to his song from his audition so many times. I don’t know what it is, he’s obviously an amazing singer but the song sticks in your head. The chorus of his song is like a screen saver in my brain, whenever I start thinking about something else that comes into my brain!

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
To be honest it was bootcamp, I let it get to me. I stopped enjoying myself, put too much pressure on myself and nothing seemed to be going right. I felt like I kept messing up, my voice was going and I stressed myself out. I wish I had enjoyed it more.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
To be honest, I can’t think that far ahead. Every day in this industry is a blessing because it’s not something that I’ve done before. Every day I seem to be doing something different. I see myself singing no matter what happens.

Which artist inspires you the most?
There are so many people. I love music and try to take bits from everyone. I listen to a lot of old school music.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean everything. I’m shocked I’m here anyway. It’s pretty intense and crazy but getting through would help me to support my family.

SPENCER SUTHERLAND (25 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM PICKERTON, OHIO)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Well, the fact that I’m American makes me stand out. I think I have a vocal tone and abilities that are different from everyone else. I think its original, the tone in my voice.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Fun, regal and respected. How would you describe your own musical style? I think it’s pop/R&B with a twist of soul. It’s vocal driven.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Oh wow, Kevin Davy White. I have a soft spot for blues music and also I love him as a person. He’s the sweetest guy in the world, so I’d buy his album.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I think without a doubt it was Six Chair Challenge. I had to sing for my seat against two people, oh my god, it was insane and the scariest thing ever but honestly, it’s helped me. I went back to America afterwards and it made me so much stronger as a person and a musician. I played a couple of shows when I was home and wasn’t nervous at all. I’d just done the most intense thing ever so doing a show was fun! So it helped me a lot.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I see myself touring the world, playing shows everywhere. I’d like to have had three albums out by then, at least. I want to do everything. I’m getting into a little bit of acting but touring is my favourite thing in the world. Travelling and touring, I love hotels and living out of my suitcase.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Bruno Mars. I think he’s the best vocal talent that we’ve had, maybe ever. He’s an amazing entertainer, every time I watch him I get goosebumps. Only a handful of people do that, Bruno, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Prince, Stevie. They are people who mesmerise me.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean everything to me. It’s been an incredible experience and I have gained a lot already but coming back and forth from America, I want it to be worthwhile. I hope Louis sees how much it means to me that I’ve been flying back and forth so much. I never went to college because music is all I’ve wanted to do; I’ve been fired from like 11 jobs because I always put music first. So this feels like a baby light at the end of the tunnel, it feels like this could be my big break.


Interviews with the Overs Catergory (mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, with guest judge Stormzy)

BERGET LEWIS (45 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think we’re all different so everybody stands out. I’m a soul singer, I’m powerful. I think that’s my strength in the competition. I’m here to learn, even though I am 45, I’m still open to learn.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I think Nicole is beautiful, experienced and sweet.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I’m a soul singer but I can sing lots of genres. But I grew up with Motown, those are my idols, so I consider myself a soul singer.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Oh Kevin! I’m a musician, all my brothers, uncles and my dad are all musicians. So I relate to Kevin, he brings me back to home. I love his voice and his vibe.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I think the toughest part of the competition for me has been Six Chair Challenge. It was really hard because I tried to get out of my comfort zone because that’s what Simon had told me. I gave it my all and then Simon told me it was the wrong song, I couldn’t believe it and was so disappointed in myself.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I hope to be performing, making people happy with my voice.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I remember when I was eight I got my first single, Chaka Khan. She was a beautiful black woman with big hair. I wanted to be just like her. So she inspired me from a very young age.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean a lot. I’m in a difficult position because I am a known singer and people already know me so they think I don’t need this. But I see X Factor UK as a gateway to the rest of the world, to give me a boost and a new challenge.

KEVIN DAVY WHITE (29 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM LONDON, ORGINALLY PARIS)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I’m doing the competition in my own way, my own style. Everyone is unique and I am always trying to be the best version of myself.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I’d describe Nicole as charismatic, soulful and crazy!

How would you describe your own musical style?
Music for me doesn’t have any borders. The soul is the beginning of the music, so that’s where I start whether I’m doing something with soul, rock or funk. I can’t really compare my voice to anyone else because I try not to copy what anyone else is doing, I bring my own sound.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
It would be who I call ‘handsome man’, Matt Linnen. I would buy his album because I love his voice, it’s gravelly. Even the way he speaks, I love.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
The whole competition has been intense. I’ve managed to control the level of stress in every stage but it’s all been intense. The Six Chair Challenge is something I never expected in my life, that was something else! I arrived on stage and everyone was booing already and I hadn’t even said hello. But they were upset about a decision made before me. Nicole sent me off because she said it wasn’t fair and asked me to come back when they had calmed down.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I really see myself touring, that’s my goal. I’ve always wanted to play at the Stade de France in Paris. I’d love to play at the O2 in London too, that would be amazing.

Which artist inspires you the most?
It’s not necessarily the music that inspires me, it’s their life. Ray Charles inspires me because he never gave up. He shows me that no matter how hard the music industry is, if you believe in yourself and love what you do, then something will come one day.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean that my hard work has paid off.

MATT LINNEN (28 YEAR OLD PLASTERER FROM SOUTHEND-ON-SEA)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think everyone stands out in their own way, but I think I’ve got quite a distinctive voice that separates me from the other singers. I don’t think I have the most brilliant voice in the competition but it’s quite distinctive, I hope that will make a difference. I’ve also done loads of gigs so I like to think I have good stage presence.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I’d describe Nicole as beautiful, American and a great vocalist. That’s four but hey, I never actually realised how great a singer she is until I did this show. I was never into the Pussycat Dolls but have gone back and looked at all her stuff and she has an amazing voice.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I think my style is quite soul/pop with a rock twist. I don’t think I am like anyone but if you had to put me in a category with someone then I’d say I’m like Paolo Nutini and Ray LaMontagne. I’ve got quite a husky voice. I sound incredibly arrogant saying I sound like them, but it’s to give you an idea of how I sing!

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Kevin’s album. I think he’s brilliant. He’s got a nice blues style and I have listened to a few of his own songs and they are wicked.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
The toughest was probably the first audition, I didn’t know what to expect. I was so nervous, playing to just four people, be it anyone, let alone some high profile celebrities, that’s a scary thing. Judges’ Houses will be as nervy, because again, it’s just me singing to a couple of people, it’s an odd thing to do, it makes me feel a bit awkward.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
If all goes well I’d love to be selling arenas out. I’ve always said to myself that I want to be the first person to do a gig on the moon. If you set the bar there and you come half way then you’ve done alright.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I get inspired by all sorts, from local music where I live, to club nights in London where no one has ever heard of the bands, up to great artists both dead and alive. I listen to as many types of music as possible, from classical to rock. I take inspiration from everywhere.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would be incredible. The exposure from doing this competition is insane. I think I’ll be able to sustain a career regardless of what happens but getting to the live shows is that massive jump from being a local guy who gigs to being a massive artist.

SLAVKO (31 YEAR OLD PERFORMER FROM MONTENEGRO)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think that I stand out because, observing all the other contestants, I am the only one bringing the whole package in terms of showmanship. This is X Factor, this is more than just the voice and that’s what I bring. I am a one man show.

Describe your mentor in three words?
With three words – My pocket venus!

How would you describe your own musical style?
I like R&B music, up tempo songs because I am the kind of artist who likes to show I can dance and sing at the same time. I’d like to bring some R&B that makes me crazy and makes me move.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Oh Berget Lewis! Honestly, I like big voices, massive voices. I don’t want to compare her but she’s like Aretha Franklin. I’d like to see her go through to the live shows.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I don’t think anything is tough but the moment when my braid fell off during bootcamp was shocking. But after ten minutes I realised it was great. When it happened there was five seconds of shock, but of course I continued. That was a tough moment because everyone was laughing but I showed I am an artist you can count on, I continue my performance no matter what. The show must go on.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I see myself touring the world putting on the most spectacular shows that everyone talks about.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Beyonce is my inspiration. I am a fan but I see myself as her colleague, she’s an artist and so am I. I find inspiration in her for over ten years because I recognise that dedication to business, to art and hard work. I’ve met people who have worked with her and they say she’s an amazingly talented woman but she’s hardworking. I can compare myself to her in that way.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean one more dream has come true. It would mean a new life for me, if I go through to the live shows I know exactly what I am going to do. I’m going to bring fire, water, wind – it will be like nothing you’ve ever seen on the show before.

TALIA DEAN (32 YEAR OLD AIRPORT VIP CONCIERAGE FROM LONDON)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I have more versatility. I’m more willing to go into pop, soul, or sing things I wouldn’t normally sing and the others definitely don’t want to sing. I think I am very able to adapt.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I. Love. Her! I always have. In my eyes I’m already a winner, she gave me this push and now I’m off to South Africa. I’ll never be able to repay her for that.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I want to go down a soul/pop road but I don’t think I sound like anyone. There’s no one I particularly think, ‘Oh, I am just like her’. I’m just me. I don’t go out of my way to be anyone.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Oh wow, I couldn’t pick one! I’d definitely buy Tracy-Leanne’s album. I haven’t heard a voice like hers in a long time. Matt and Kevin make my heart sing when I hear them. If they put an album out I wouldn’t think twice about buying it.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I think it’s just finding out who I am. I’ve never really had to think about myself so much before. It’s really hard; I sing pop, rock, funk, all sorts. I desperately need some mentoring. The others in this category know who they are but I feel like a lost little lamb, I don’t know what to sing. I know I can sing but I don’t know what direction I should go in. That’s been tough.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Hopefully I am on my path to recording my second album, I’m touring, people are buying my music and know who I am. I want to be able to support my family, I would love to earn from something I can do and love.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Oh my gosh, loads. I grew up with Madonna, then I found Oasis, then Joss Stone and Lauryn Hill taught me about soul. So many different artists taught me about different genres.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
I feel like my entire family’s future is relying on this. It would mean success to me, it would mean I can prove that when everyone told me to stop singing that I was right to carry on. It would mean I have finally showed everyone.

TRACY-LEANNE JEFFORD (34 YEAR OLD MOTHER FROM MIDDLESEX)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Well, in this category everyone has beautiful voices but I am different to everyone else in the competition. It’s my time to shine and I am going to make it happen.

Describe your mentor in three words?
She’s beautiful, amazing and feminine.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Sometimes people say that I sound like Amy Winehouse, she’s fabulous, god rest her soul. But I think you can tell the difference in our voices.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Grace’s because she’s amazing and I’d also buy Matt and Kevin’s. They are my rivals in this category but they have beautiful personalities and they send out positive vibes. I’m a very positive person, I don’t like being around negative energy.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
There hasn’t been a tough part for me, I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Six Chair was a little bit challenging for me because I had to sing a few songs, but I give it my all and I’m here today. I enjoy every minute of the show because I am living my dream.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I see my name splattered everywhere and everybody listening to me around the world. I’m not going to stop until I make it to the top. I’d love to perform at the Grammys! I will make a better life for my children and I will live my dream.

Which artist inspires you the most?
From being a kid I’ve always loved a lot of old music because my dad and his twin always sung. But I don’t listen to just one artist, I listen to soul music, hip hop, reggae, grime – everything and it all inspires me.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean more than anything in the world, that’s the dream. At this point you can’t be negative about anything, I’m getting out there and I am going to make sure I make it to live shows. I’m going to be true to who I am, what you see is what you get with me.


Interviews with the Girls Catergory (Mentored by Sharon Osbourne with guest judges Jack & Kelly Osbourne)

ALISAH BANAOBRA (22 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM PHILIPPINES)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I can sing from the bottom of my heart. It’s all really me. That’s how I have to fight my dream.

How would you describe your mentor in three words?
She is lovely. That’s three words

How would you describe your style?
As for my musical style, I can sing Ballads, Soul and R&B, Pop, Broadway and Jazz.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition whose album would you buy?
I love Berget. Her voice is very nice, all the rifts. All the overs style is very, very good.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
The Wall of Songs, where we had to run. I had watched it but I had no idea. When everyone started running, I was left and then trapped in the middle.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Doing many albums, and selling out. I want to have my own sanctuary, so with money from my music I can set one up. And then I hope to be able to bring my family to the UK to live. I love the UK.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I like listening to Beyoncé and Jordan Sparks. All their music is so appropriate to me – that’s my genre.

What does it mean to you to make the live shows?
It’s so important to me. This is the battle of my life. I have to do this for all the people who have supported me in the Philippines and who are all praying for me to get to the live shows. I just want to give all my friends the chance to vote for me.

DEANNA MUSSINGTON (22 YEAR OLD MUSICIAN FROM ANGUILLA)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I stand out because I come from the Caribbean and from humbling beginnings. I also come from a house filled with women, who are all very honest with their opinions. Everyone that I’ve been in contact with on The X Factor has been so humble though. All the girls are.

How would you describe your mentor in three words?
Honest, caring and fun.

How would you describe your style?
I’m a pop artist, influenced by R&B, Soul and Caribbean sounds.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition whose album would you buy?
I would definitely buy an album from Grace. She is absolutely amazing. I’ve heard her originals and I’m like, ‘Wow’. She is amazing and very deep

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
My first audition was the toughest. My nerves were like a rollercoaster. It was very nerve wracking at first. I didn’t know how I would feel in the room but as soon as I got in there it wasn’t that bad. I just had to be myself.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I definitely see myself touring the world, getting everyone to know me as an artist and getting everyone to buy my music. I will just be being me.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Fantasia inspires me a lot. How humble and how hard working she is. She has also been on a show like this and she continues to remain positive moving forward in her career. She’s so positive. I actually once met her by accident. She stepped on my foot and she was like, ’I’m so sorry’ and I was like, ‘yes, step on my foot, please!’ She’s amazing.

What would it mean to make the live shows?
It means everything to me to get to the live shows, because I feel like I’ve worked hard, but not as hard as I would work in the live shows. This whole show has been challenging for me, but I feel like it has helped me grow as an artist. I’m definitely ready for the live shows and I really want to be there!

GEORGINA PANTON (20 YEAR OLD MOTHER FROM BIRMINGHAM)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I have my own lane. My personality seems to override. I just like to be myself. My personality is bubbly and I don’t like being in the shadow. I like to make people happy. I’m down to earth and I feel like my outfit and the things I wear show my personality – bright and colourful.

How would you describe your mentor in three words?
Honest, motherly and open.

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my musical style as being rock soul. I love using my gospel roots to control people’s emotions and convince them to feel what I’m feeling spiritually.

Of the remaining acts in the competition whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Grace’s album. Her first audition was very good. When you write songs, I write songs too, depending on what you’re going through at the time, that’s what you write the song about. When she explained that people had told her that she would be singing in a pub for the rest of her life, that made her create a really good song that could possibly be a hit.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Bootcamp. Simon said at the end of my performance, ‘First of all, that was not perfect’ and I was like, in my head, I knew it wasn’t perfect. Because I’m a perfectionist, I know where I’m going wrong before I even make the mistake. But because it was so tense, I just did it. So when he said that, I was like, ‘I understand’ but that was tough.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself almost creating a legendary stamp on my name if this goes well. I see myself being, not just an artist but a legend. I know what I have to offer, I just need the correct people around me. The things I have in mind, one, make a lot of money, two, change people’s lives with my songs, and three, create some of the greatest songs. I just want to make a big impact, especially fashion wise as well. I consider myself a trend setter, so I’d create various styles I know people would want to wear. I have a lot of ideas about what people like if I had a fashion brand.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Fantasia. I love Lana Del Ray. She has an edgy side and I always dream about doing collaborations. If we did a collaboration I’d bring out her edgy side. Beyonce is just fierce. Performance wise, I’d love to be on that level, or even close.

What would it mean to make the live shows?
It means everything. I’ve always dreamed about it – about going to the live shows, about showing what I can do. As a young mum as well, I want to show my son. I don’t want to let him down, I want to show him I’m up to scratch with superwoman. I want to be his hero.

GRACE DAVIES (20 YEAR OLD SINGER-SONGWRITER FROM BLACKBURN)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
As far as I’m aware none of the other girls have sung original songs or played an instrument. I think that’s how I stand out. But at the same time all the other girls are such massive, powerful singers, which I’m not. So that scares me because Sharon might be looking for big vocalists.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Oh I love Sharon! I’d describe her as a mummy, lovely and cute. She’s just so cute. I want to squeeze her all the time because she’s just so nice!

How would you describe your own musical style?
I’m an emotional singer; I try and concentrate on portraying things I feel in a way that others can interpret in their own way, if that makes sense? I want people to listen to my music and relate to it. I wouldn’t like to compare myself to other artists but if I had to describe my voice it would be like London Grammar.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Oh my god, Aidan Martin. As soon as I heard his first audition I was crying my eyes out. I’ve had it on repeat all week. That song hit me, the way he laid all his emotions out on the table, it’s what I do, so I love that.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Without a doubt the Six Chair Challenge. It was the most insane thing I have ever done. It was that moment of realisation where you’re looking at six chairs and know there’s 20 of us left. I was so scared because I was surrounded by amazing singers.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d love to be writing music every day, recording, releasing albums and touring with my music. My absolute dream is to play the Royal Albert Hall, it’s such a prestigious venue, so beautiful. I’ve watched people perform there and it just has this mesmerising feel to it.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I take inspiration from so many people. I love people like Ben Howard, London Grammar, Coldplay and of course Adele. I listen to a lot of chart music so I take inspiration from all over the place.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Literally everything. Performing on a stage in front of as many people as possible is my home, that’s where I feel my best. It’s what I adore to do so to get through to the live shows where I’m not only performing for that studio audience but also being streamed into people’s living rooms around the country, it’s what dreams are made of.

HOLLY TANDY (16 YEAR OLD PUB SINGER FROM BARNSLEY)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think I stand out because I am the full package. I’m very ambitious, I’m very driven but I’m also quite versatile, I can handle any kind of genre of music and really make stuff my own.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I’d say Sharon’s maternal, fabulous and caring.

How would you describe your own musical style?
My musical style is a bit of everything really. I wouldn’t like to put myself in any category. I know that I want my first album to be quite acoustic that takes you on a bit of a journey, not all the same kind of stuff. It’s all about the vocals.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Aidan Martin’s and definitely Grace Davies. I also really love Jack and Joel, so whatever they do, I’ll listen to.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
I think the hardest part was Six Chairs because even if you got a seat you were sitting there thinking you might get replaced at any moment. I felt I’d done my best but it was up to Sharon to decide if she thought I was good enough. So that was a really intense situation to be in. I’ve never felt that nervous before.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I see myself selling out arenas, making music and working with other artists. I’d love to write my own songs, I’m passionate about music and want to make it my career.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I absolutely love Dolly Parton, she’s fabulous, everything about her is amazing. Right from when I was young I’ve been singing Nine to Five, I love that song. I love people like Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Stereophonics, I listen to a wide range of music and they all inspire me.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It’ll be that self-belief; it’s a platform for me to grow as an artist, to find out who I really am and what I am capable of. Hopefully I can make a career out of this and people will enjoy listening to me. I want to inspire people, especially young girls who may have a dream but don’t know if they can make it come true.

RAI-ELLE WILLIAMS (16 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM CROYDON)

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
I think that my age because I am one of the youngest in the entire competition. But also I think that I bring a new vibe to the show, I’m true to myself – I don’t try and be anyone that I’m not.

Describe your mentor in three words?
I think Sharon’s motherly, sweet and fun.

How would you describe your own musical style?
I think I am quite soulful and sassy. I mix reggae with R&B and a bit of pop, that’s what I hope to have on my first album.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
I’d buy Grace’s album. I think her voice is so emotional and the lyrics to her songs are really relatable. It was so touching, I’d love to buy her album.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
For me the toughest part of the competition has been bootcamp. It was really difficult working in a group with people who all had different musical styles to me. I had to figure out how to work as part of a team but also make sure that I stood out to the judges because we were there on our own, not part of a group. So that was tough.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I want to be writing my own music, travelling the world and performing for fans. I’ve always dreamed of performing at Madison Square Garden in New York. I would love to be up on that stage looking down at my fans.

Which artist inspires you the most?
I really look up to Lauryn Hill and Stormzy. Lauryn sings, she writes and she acts, which I do a bit of too. And she always tells a story through her lyrics, I love that about her. Stormzy is from Croydon like me and he’s a huge star but he hasn’t changed who he is, he’s still the same as when he started. I want to be like that.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
It would mean the world to me. I’ve wanted this since I was young. I’ve always watched the show and wished it was me, I just hope I can make it.


Interviews with the Groups Catergory (Mentored by Simon Cowell with guest judge Cheryl)

JACK & JOEL
JACK: 22 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM LONDON
JOEL, 22 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM LONDON, ORIGINALLY GAINSBOURGH

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Joel: We’re quite a unique act.
Jack: I think we stand out because of Joel’s beat-boxing and the way we re-work songs. We put a creative twist on things. I think it’s a case of the unexpected with us. You look at us and don’t think we’ve had the background we have and the fact we’re friends, it’s a surprise every time we perform. You never know what you’re going to get.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Joel: I think he’s honest and intimidating.
Jack: And supportive.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Jack: I’d say we’re very pop based but we’re vibrant, we like to have fun. I feel we’re smart with what we do. Our main focus is always making people smile.
Joel: It’s all about getting people to smile. When we go on television we want people watching at home to know they are going to have good time watching us.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Jack: That’s so hard because we’ve made some really good friends on the show. We love Holly’s voice and she’s such a great person as well.
Joel: I’d also say Rak-Su. I can’t get their audition song out of my head!

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Joel: I think it was the second round of bootcamp, we were overwhelmed by just how many people Wembley Arena can hold. It was the first time we had performed to a crowd like that and we both had nerves get the better of us.
Jack: Joel’s being polite, it was on me! I don’t know what happened, I don’t really get stage fright and I always feel so confident when I’m with Joel, but then I got out there and the judges were so far away from us, I couldn’t tell what they were thinking and it all got a bit much for me.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Joel: We love what we do, making people happy, so we want to perform to as many people as possible. We’ve always said we would love to play main stages at festivals. That would be incredible and so much fun. Also, we very much want to do videos online.
Jack: I think the key thing for us is the videos because it’s so nice to get your music to everyone, no matter what their location or social beliefs. I’d really relish using the platform to do some sort of social good.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Jack: I’m the biggest Beyonce fan in the whole world. I’ve seen her nine times, I’m actually obsessed. I think she’s an amazing entertainer. She’s a master at anything she puts her hands to.
Joel: I’m very inspired by Bruno Mars because I think he’s a sensational performer and a master of so many instruments, including his voice. He’s very smart with what he does.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Jack: It would mean so much. We feel like if we get there we are one act that would thrive so much. The idea of performing to millions of people is exactly what we want to do with our lives. We’re so far into the competition now and we never thought we would be so invested in it, but we so want this now
Joel: It would mean everything.

LEMONADE
SHANIA, 20 YEAR OLD SALES ASSISTANT FROM LONDON
SAFFRON, 19 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM LONDON
YEMII, 17 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM LONDON
CHILEE, 17 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM LONDON
MYA, 16 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM DERBY

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Shania: I’d say our direct competition is the new girlband, but I think we’re completely different, especially styling.
Saffron: We go for the cool, TLC like, chilled out 90s R&B vibe.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Shania: Caring – every single time he’s spoken to us, he’s cared so much about making sure that we’re the best we can be.
Saffron: And inspiring. Look at him, he’s literally the boss of music. He’s very intelligent and everything he says to us really does inspire us and makes us feel more confident.
Chilee: And driven. He makes us want to be the best version of ourselves.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Saffron: We’re focused on harmonies. It’s not all about individual singing, we’re a harmony group, as well as original singers with a 90s R&B vibe to it.
Chilee: We want to inspire young girls and women to be themselves and be comfortable with who they are.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Shania: Rak-Su. Purely because we’ve heard one of their singles and we can’t stop singing it. It’s our style of music. Our vibe. I can hear it being on the radio. It’s so good.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Yemi: It has to be Six Chairs. We had to do a sing off and the competition was so good. It was really hard to see them go.
Shania: Spending so much time with the acts at Bootcamp and then pitting against each other in something so intense as a sing off, it was really emotional.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Shania: Five albums.
Saffron: Arena tours. World tours. Number 1s.
Chilee: Our faces on mugs (laugh).
Saffron: It would be amazing if in those five years, we could have moved someone or changed someone’s live with our music. If someone was having a really hard time, know that our music made someone feel better.
Chilee: We all wouldn’t be here without the music we listened to growing up.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Mya: It’s quite hard to say, there’s so many. We kind of want to put our own marks on things.
Shania: I feel like artists such as Miley Cyrus or Ariana Grande inspire me – Miley has her own charity and Ariana does so much as well. They’re so inspirational, not just with their music, but who they are as people.
Saffron: And also artists like Stormzy, who’ve come from nothing and worked so hard to get to where they are now. They’re so appreciative and humble. They’re such good people and make sick music as well.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Mya: Absolutely everything.
Shania: The world.
Saffron: Literally our lives. Every waking minute we’ve been going over things. It means everything to us.
Chilee: It’s all we dream about.

RAK-SU
ASHLEY, 25 YEAR OLD RECRUITMENT MANAGER FROM LONDON
JAMAAT, 25 YEAR OLD NHS WORKER FROM LONDON
MYLES, 25 YEAR OLD RECRUITMENT MANAGER FROM LONDON
MUSTAFA, 25 YEAR OLD HOTEL RECEPTIONIST FROM LONDON

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Ashley: I’d say, one, that we’re doing original songs. We’ve done originals so far and it’s gone quite well, so we want to carry on doing that. And I guess also the fact that we’re friends. We never really got round the table and said ‘You know what? Let’s make a band’. We grew up with each other, spend a lot of time with each other and love making music. It kind of just grew into what it is now – Rak-Su. It happened naturally.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Mustafa: Honest. Knowledgeable. And humble.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Jamaal: I feel our style is very relatable. When it comes to music, we make music that we feel happy with and that we can all connect with in some certain way. Whether that’d be from an emotional point of view or whether that’d be from an honest point of view.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Myles: It would be Sean and Conor Price’s. They’ve just got amazing vocals. They’re very humble people, a lovely group of lads and I just love their whole vibe. I just love that whole Irish guitarist acapella vibe.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Jamaal: I’d say the toughest thing for us was probably Bootcamp. Just because everything was so full on and we had to learn and develop on the go. It brought out the best in us, so that’s a good thing that came from it. We had to learn a lot really, really quickly. We’re better for it and we feel like we’ve developed as artists, as well as friends.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Mustafa: In about five year’s time… It’s very hard, because we’re all learning so much and we’re finding ourselves as artists at the same time, so it could be from anywhere to doing a global tour as Rak-Su, or..
Ashley: Fourth album and a world tour!
Mustafa: Yeah, in five year’s time, that’s the target – fourth album and a global tour.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Ashley: I think between all of us we probably have a few different ones, but for me I would say Kanye West because he seems to set himself goals. At the time people tell him that it’s something that is unrealistic and he just manages to go ahead and do it anyway. I feel like for us, we’re probably not the typical band or group you have on The X Factor, but we’re going to give it our all and try to be successful anyways.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?

Myles: It would mean everything! It would honestly mean so much to us. We’re in this competition for a reason. We’re not just here to have fun. We do take it very seriously. IT would mean the world to all of us. Doing the journey with my brothers and with my family is honestly a very emotional situation to be in. We all want to get there and show what we can do!

SEAN AND CONOR PRICE
SEAN, 17 YEAR OLD STUDENT AND CONOR, 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM BLESSINGTON, IRELAND

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Sean: I think we stand out in our category because obviously, we’re both very young and I think that we can bring a lot of energy.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Conor: Top dog. Genius. Tough and fair.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Sean: We’re very raw. Obviously, we come from busking on the street, so we like to just keep it acoustic, raw and original.
Conor: Because we’re very young, we’re not set to a certain style, category or genre at the moment. We’re both very raw and original.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Sean: Rak-Su have promised us their EP.
Conor: Yes, I think it would have to be Rak-Su.

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Conor: I think for me personally, Bootcamp was the toughest. It was really intense. It was a lot of long days, a lot of long hours. It was pretty tough, especially performing in front of 4,000 people for the first time.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Sean: Selling out arenas, hopefully (laugh).
Conor: Hopefully happy and successful.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Sean: We’re quite inspired by low key Irish acts, like Kodaline and Hudson Taylor.
Conor: Obviously a cliche one, but Ed Sheeran is an influence as well.
Sean: It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s true.

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Conor: We worked so hard to get to where we are now.
Sean: It would be the cherry on the top! We both don’t want the dream to end.

THE CUTKELVINS
JAY, 24 YEAR OLD SINGER, KYLE, 23 YEAR OLD SINGER & SHEERAN, 20 YEAR OLD FROM LANARK

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Jay: I think the fact that we’re family plays a part. I don’t know if it makes us stand out, but it makes us different that we’re coming in there as brothers and sisters.
Shereen: I think everyone is trying to do their own thing, so we’re just trying to concertante on us as people. Even though it can be easy to get distracted with what everyone else id doing, you just have to concentrate on what you’re doing.
Kyle: Stick to who you are really. You got to stick to who you are as an artist.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Kyle: Boss man.
Jay: That’s two words.
Shereen: THE boss man.
Jay: I think he’s a cool cat.
Shereen: And chill.

How would you describe your own musical style?
Shereen: We come from a soul, Motown background of music. We like to, even if it’s just with the vocals, inject that in a new style of music. Having that old-school sound on a new track.
Kyle: We’re starting to find out a bit more about ourselves and what we can do musically and where we can take it.

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Shereen: There’s a few.
Jay: Tracyleanne has a sick voice. She’s sick! And Sean and Conor – I like their voices. They’re sick. And Rak-Su – they’ve got the beats.
Shereen: We would listen to them before a night out
Kyle: Good vibes! And our own. I’d buy our own album (laugh).

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Jay: Six Chairs was brutal.
Shereen: There was a lot of tension.
Jay: Obviously Judges’ Houses is the hardest, because you’re getting closer and closer each time, but the tension at Six Chair was unbelievable. It was mad. When everyone started doing battles. We got the third seat and after all six chairs were filled, that’s when it really gets tough.
Shereen: When Simon looks around, you think you could be next.
Kyle: Don’t make eye contact with Simon. I was hiding behind Shereen’s hair!

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Shereen: Selling records.
Kyle: In this house [Simon’s Judge’s House]
Jay: Fingers crossed we can get by this stage first.
Shereen: One step at a time.

Which artist inspires you the most?
Jay: I like Wiz Khalifa. Each time he brings out a mixtape or an album, he comes out with a completely different sound. It’s so different from the last and the albums get better and better each time.
Shereen: For me, it would be Smokey Robinson. He’s 76 and he still looks banging. His style of writing makes it sound so simple, but it’s genius! You just get it right away. And he uses old school ‘baby’ and ‘honey’. I love it!

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
Shereen: To be honest, we just take it one step at a time. We try to visualise beyond it and being artists and to get through..
Kyle: …would help a lot!
Jay: It would mean a lot, not just for us, but for our family as well. It’s not just us we’re doing it for.

NEW GIRL GROUP (PUT TOGETHER AT SIX CHAIR CHALLENGE, NAME TBC)
ASH, 21 YEAR OLD DANCER FROM WATFORD
CHARLIE, 22 YEAR OLD GRADUATE FROM HULL
IMAGEN, 17 YEAR OLD BEAUTICIAN TRAINEE FROM STOKE
KELSEY, 20 YEAR OLD CATERING ASSISTANT FROM LANCASHIRE
LYDIA, 20 YEAR OLD INSURANCE BROKER FROM BEDFORDSHIRE
SKY, 19 YEAR OLD WAITRESS FROM CHINGFORD

What makes you stand out from the rest of the contestants in your category?
Lydia: We’ve all got really individual personalities and big personalities as well.
Charlie: And different styles and voices.
Kelsey: That’s what makes it work and makes it special.
Imagen: We’re not really a typical girl band.
Kelsey: There’s something for everyone in this band.
Charlie: A bit like the Spice Girls.

Describe your mentor in three words?
Kelsey: Top lad.
Charlie: Boss. He’s just the boss.
Lydia: Powerful and understanding.
Ash: Chilled.
Kelsey: Very genuine.
Lydia: He wants the best for everyone.
Ash: He wants everyone to smash it.
Kelsey: He has your best interest at heart.
Charlie: And he pushes you, but does it in the nicest way possible.
Ash: This is now about 30 words.

How would you describe your own style?
Charlie: We are very versatile. You could give us a ballad and we’d smash it. You could give us a rap and we’ll do it! Give us an R&B tune and we’ll do it! We’re really lucky!
Lydia and Sky: Charlie is a tomboy, chilled out person. She lives life for life and is very 90s. She doesn’t care and just does what she wants.
Ash and Lydia: Kelsey is just cool. A bit edgy, a bit sexy / cool. She can pull off anything.
Charlie and Ash: Sky is bohemian chic. Our little hippy.
Kelsey and Lydia: Ash is sexy, a bit ghetto, a bit out there and urban.
Charlie: Imagen is our little quiet girl next door.
Sky and Charlie: Lydia is our little fire cracker. The Essex Glam! She’ve very chic and always ready to turn up!

Of the remaining contestants in the competition, whose album would you buy?
Kelsey: Rak-Su – we like a bit of rap, a bit of R&B, something that sticks in your head.
Charlie: They’ve bossed their style. They know what they’re good at, which is nice to see in an artist.
Ash: And the Cutklevins!

What has been the toughest part of the competition so far?
Sky: Six Chair Challenge.
Charlie: It was when we had less than 24 hours to meet, get to know each other and learn the song.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Kelsey: Hopefully smashing it on tour.
Sky: A Number 1 album and loads of platinum singles.
Charlie: We’ve got to dream big.
Sky: The sky is the limit!

Which artist inspires you the most?
Lydia: Little Mix with a TLC vibe.
Ash: But at the same time Spice Girls, they just did what they wanted!

What would it mean to you to get to the live shows?
All: Literally, it would mean everything! We can’t even put it into words. We’re not going home. We don’t want this to be over yet!

X FACTOR UK: JUDGES HOUSES PICTURE SPECIAL 4

We can hardly contain our excitement for Judges’ Houses, with Simon, Nicole, Louis and Sharon set to decide which lucky three contestants they’ll be taking to the Live Shows!

Judges’ houses will decide as, offering a glimpse into the jet set lifestyle that The X Factor winner could have, the four categories travel to glamorous destinations across the world and with just one more chance to impress their mentor.

But, with such a BIG decision to make, Guest Judges Stormzy, Mika, Kelly & Jack Osbourne and of course, X Factor fave Cheryl, will be on hand to help!

Check out these first look images of Judges’ Houses NOW…


GIRLS

The final six girls through are Alisah Bonaobra, Deanna Mussington, Holly Tandy, Georgina Panton, Rai-Elle and Grace Davies.

All six acts in the Girls category will be seen flying out to San Francisco in America this weekend as they perform for mentor Sharon and her special guest judges, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, hoping for a spot in the final stage of the competition.

Alisah Bonaobra
Georgina Panton
Deanna Mussington
The Girls
The Girls
Grace Davies
Holly Tandy
Rai-Elle
Sharon with guest judges Jack & Kelly Osbourne
Sharon and the Overs with guest judges Jack & Kelly Osbourne

BOYS

Those put through to the next round were Lloyd Macey, Leon Mallett, Spencer Sutherland, Aidan Martin, Jack Mason and Anthony Russell.

However, it’s since been revealed that Anthony quit the competition during filming and will be replaced by Sam Black, who was axed at bootcamp.

Louis said: “We missed a trick not putting him through at Boot Camp. He has that retro Sixties style viewers will love.”

All six acts in the Boys category will be seen flying out to Istanbul, Turkey this weekend as they perform for mentor Louis and his special guest judge Mika, hoping for a spot in the final stage of the competition.

Aidan Martin
Jack Mason
Leon Mallett
Lloyd Macey
Louis and the Boys
Louis Walsh with guest judge Mika
The Boys meet guest judge Mika
Sam Black
Spencer Sutherland

OVERS

They are Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen, Slavko, Berget Lewis, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Talia Dean.

All six acts in the Overs category will be seen flying out to South Africa this weekend as they perform for mentor Nicole and her guest judge Stormzy, hoping for a spot in the final stage of the competition.

Berget Lewis
Kevin Davy White
Matt Linnen
The Overs
Slavko
Nicole Scherzinger with guest judge Stormzy
Nicole Scherzinger with guest judge Stormzy
The Overs meet guest judge Stormzy
Talia Dean
Tracy Leanne Jefford

GROUPS

The groups through to judges’ houses with Simon are The Cutkelvins, Rak-Su, Sean & Conor Price, Jack & Joel, Lemonade and the still unnamed New Girl Band.

All six acts in the Groups category will be seen flying out to Nice, France this weekend as they perform for mentor Simon and his special guest judge Cheryl, hoping for a spot in the final stage of the competition.

The CutKelvins
The Groups
The Groups
The Groups
Jack & Joel
Lemonade
New Girl Group
Rak-Su
Sean & Conor Price
Simon Cowell with guest judge Cheryl