The Six Chair Challenge got tougher on The X Factor 2017 tonight when Simon Cowell held another sing-off to decide his top six Groups – and Nicole Scherzinger was booed by the crowd for her decisions with the Overs.

The most controversial stage of the ITV talent contest is back, with contestants fighting against each other to take a seat in one of six chairs.

Positioned at their own desk, dubbed the ‘Hotseat’, each mentor can axe acts they’ve already seated if someone better comes along. Only when all of their acts have performed is their Judges’ Houses line-up complete.

Last week Sharon Osbourne determined the final six Girls, and in tonight’s episode it was Simon’s turn as he sorted through the Groups.

He faced a dilemma when he backed a new girl band, formed of rejected soloists just 24 hours in advance – and instigated a sing-off to decide whose place they’d take.

We also saw Nicole begin to whittle down the Overs, but some of her choices didn’t exactly go down well with the 4,000-strong audience at Wembley’s SSE Arena.

As always, the other judges – including X Factor stalwart Louis Walsh – could give their thoughts, but only Simon and Nicole could decide which of their acts would remain in the competition.

Groups – Simon Cowell

Afro-Swagg (Seat) – Afro-Swagg brought an African flavour to the Six Chair Challenge with Fuse ODG’s ‘Azonto’, which left Louis scratching his head. “I don’t know what you were singing about, but I liked it,” he commented. At least he did like it: Simon thought it was their “worst performance so far”. Despite that, he said they were “fun” enough to deserve a seat.

Beau Road (Seat) – Five-piece girlband Beau Road didn’t exactly get great feedback from Simon at their room audition. In a bid to win him over, they aimed to take an old track – Paula Abdul’s ‘Straight Up’ – and make it “current”. Nicole said there was “a lot of improvement”, but added: “I don’t know if you’re ready to move forward in the competition.” It was support from the audience that convinced Simon to give them a chair.

The Cutkelvins (Seat) – Simon wasn’t sure about the Scottish family trio’s Bootcamp audition, telling them: “What you’re trying to do musically is so wrong at the moment.” Fortunately, he was more fond of their Six Chair cover of Robin S’s ‘Show Me Love’, which included a rap from brother Kyle. “I really like that you’ve started to play off each other more,” he reviewed. “There were some issues with the vocals, that’s probably excitement.”

Lemonade (Seat) – Lemonade are another five-piece girl group, who formed just three weeks before they first appeared in front of the panel. Simon complimented them at Bootcamp, saying their vocals had “got better”, and they took another step forward with their Six Chair performance of Beyoncé track ‘I Was Here’. “You’re probably the most improved artist from where we saw you to where you are tonight,” he noted.

Easylife (Seat) – Couple Brad and Sarah “met and fell in love” through their shared interest in music, and it also led them to the X Factor stage, where they performed A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Say Something’. Nicole called it “the best song” they could have chosen, and Simon agreed, rewarding their “genius” choice with a seat.

Jack & Joel (Seat) – Jack acknowledged that he and his university pal Joel had yet to “wow” Simon, and their slightly barmy take on Christina Aguilera’s ‘Aint No Other Man’ did nothing to change that. The media mogul called a halt, saying: “Guys, this is all wrong. I have a feeling when we listen to this back, it’s not gonna sound as good as we thought.”

The duo got a second chance, this time performing a beatbox version Jessie J and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Bang Bang’, which had the other judges on their feet. “That was bonkers,” Simon reacted. “I love weird, take the last chair!”

NQ (No Seat) – By this point all six chairs were occupied, and unfortunately for NQ, they weren’t able to dethrone another contestant. The girlband became the only act to be sent home immediately by Simon after failing to impress him with Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’. “Girls, I’ve heard enough,” he said. “This isn’t working for me. I’m just looking at some of the others, and I’m seeing originality. This is too generic, not enough personality.” Nicole claimed they “managed to take a cool song and make it uncool”.

Rak-Su (Seat, replaced Beau Road) – Boyband Rak-Su have become a stand-out act with their ridiculously catchy original tracks, including ‘I’m Feelin’ You’ and ‘Knock Knock’ – and their latest effort, ‘Change Your Mind’, had the Wembley crowd screaming. “I love the energy you brought, everyone was on their feet,” Louis commented. “You always make it fun,” added Sharon. Ever the businessman, Simon suggested there’s a “gap in the market” for Rak-Su and opted to sent Beau Road packing so they could have a seat.

JBK (Seat, replaced Afro-Swagg) – JBK’s goal to be “the first Filipino boyband to win The X Factor” came a small (but short-lived) step closer to reality, after their rendition of the Boyz II Men classic ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ won them Afro-Swagg’s chair. “Your vocals are great. I think it’s a no-brainer with you guys,” said Sharon. “They’re the best vocals we’ve heard today, they absolutely deserve a seat,” praised Louis.

Sean & Conor Price (Seat, replaced Easylife) – Sean (17) and Conor (15) had a tough time at Bootcamp, with Simon interrupting their arena audition. They attempted to up their game for Six Chair with an original song, ‘Something In The Way’ – but history repeated itself, and the former Mr. Nasty held up his hand again, grumbling: “After that, I’m not sure I’m gonna give you a chair.”

The Irish brothers were offered another shot, and undeterred by the reaction, they performed another self-penned track, ‘Time’. “What’s clear is that in the small rooms, you were much more comfortable,” Simon responded. “I think it’s very difficult for people your age to be on a stage this big.” Despite his concern, he decided to keep Sean and Conor, at Easylife’s expense.

New Girl Band (Seat, replaced JBK) – It wouldn’t be The X Factor if there wasn’t a hastily-formed group of rejected soloists. ‘New Girl Band’ featured Kelsey, Sky, Imagen, Charley and Lydia, all of whom were in the Girls category, but eliminated in prior stages of the competition. Even though they only came together 24 hours before they took to the stage, their debut performance, of David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Hey Mama’, impressed the judges – including Girls’ mentor Sharon, who said: “You’ve all got great voices, you guys will be a force.”

Simon thought something was amiss, and asked NQ member Ash to return to the stage, where the girls taught her the opening lines to the song. With Ash’s agreement, he decided to put the New Girl Group through to Judges’ Houses as a six-piece.

That created another conundrum, as Simon struggled to decide whether they should replace JBK or Lemonade. The two groups participated in a sing-off to decide the result, and he declared Lemonade the winners. This meant JBK had to forfeit their seat, ending their X Factor dream.

Therefore, Simon’s top six groups are: The Cutkelvins, Jack & Joel, Lemonade, New Girl Band, Rak-Su and Sean & Conor Price.

Overs – Nicole Scherzinger

Danny Lambo (Seat) – Millionaire Danny pulled out all the stops to bag one of Nicole’s spots, gifting her a bouquet of white roses and a designer handbag. He then tried to woo her with a “romantic” song: Billy Paul’s ‘Me and Mrs Jones’. His tactics didn’t wash with the audience, who booed and chanted “off, off, off” – but it was Nicole who was calling the shots, and she exclaimed: “I’m a sucker for romance, take a seat!”

Talia Dean (Seat) – The harsh response to Danny unsettled Talia, who had to be reassured by crew members as she said: “I don’t think I can do this.” She eventually composed herself, and her piano rendition of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’ earned the opposite reaction – big cheers and a standing ovation. “This is the best you have sang so far. It was a beautiful song, perfect lyrics for you,” Simon commented. Sharon said she was “taken aback”. Nicole thought “some of the notes were a little off”, but gave Talia the second seat.

Bill Downs (Seat) – This is the first we’ve heard of Bill taking part in this year’s X Factor, but he’s no stranger to reality TV: you may remember him from the first series of The Voice UKon BBC One in 2012. For his Six Chair appearance he played Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ on his guitar, but it didn’t grab the panel’s attention, with Sharon branding it “boring”. Nicole also thought he picked the wrong song, telling him: “You can do so much with your voice.” However, she believed in him enough to give him a chair.

Slavko Kalezic (Seat) – Eurovision star Slavko delivered another high-energy performance, singing David Guetta’s ‘Little Bad Girl’ – and, thankfully, this time he managed to avoid whipping his trademark braid off! “I was expecting a show, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that great,” said Slavko’s champion Louis. “You’ve got it all going on!” Of course, Simon was bemused, and simply shrugged when Nicole gave the Montenegrin her backing.

Gary Barker (Seat) – Gary was desperate to make it through for his son, claiming “no-one wants one of these chairs more”, so he was surely disheartened when his performance of The Supremes’ ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ flopped. Simon told him “something’s not connecting”, while Sharon said: “You’ve got likeability, but you look like a tax collector.” Nicole reckoned he wasn’t giving it “everything”, but decided to “take a chance” on him.

Berget Lewis (Seat) – Heeding advice from Simon, Dutch ‘soul sister’ Berget tried to step out of her ‘comfort zone’ by singing Bon Jovi ballad ‘Always’. Her powerful vocals won a standing ovation from the crowd, but the judges weren’t keen. Sharon suggested Berget’s coming across as a “cabaret singer” and needs to be “relevant”, while Simon insisted she’d “misinterpreted” his feedback. Nicole completely disagreed with the pair: “I don’t know what they’re smoking!”

Glenroy Grant (Seat, replaced Danny Lambo) – Glenroy may be the oldest contender at 71, but his performance of Eddie Floyd’s ‘Knock On Wood’ proved he can take on the youngsters, with Simon calling him “fantastic”. Sharon grinned: “You lifted this arena up, you’re such a joy to watch.” Nicole was concerned he may not cope with the show’s “gruelling” schedule, but with encouragement from the audience, she gave him Danny’s seat.

Loverine Fermino (Seat, replaced Talia Dean) – Rounding off tonight’s line-up was another new face, Filipino singer Loverine, who pulled out a classic: Jennifer Holliday’s ‘I Am Telling You’. Sharon said that she ‘sang for her life’, while Simon observed: “The exciting thing is how much you want it.” Nicole felt the opposite, calling it Loverine’s “worst” performance yet, but held on to her because she’s a “fighter”.

The ex-Pussycat Doll faced instant backlash when she announced Loverine would be taking Talia’s chair. The crowd began booing, and Sharon and Simon both leapt to their feet, the latter gasping: “No way, no way. That is crazy.” Even flabbergasted host Dermot O’Leary remarked: “That is insane.”

Tonight’s episode ended on that bombshell, with Berget, Bill, Gary, Glenroy, Loverine and Slavko as the six acts occupying Nicole’s spots – but they’re not safe yet.

The last part of the Six Chair Challenge airs tomorrow night at 7.00pm on ITV, when the rest of the Overs will fight for their places, and Louis will pick his top six Boys.

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The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.


To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic programme will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday. Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7×60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize.

The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of ‘Ask The Audience’, ‘Phone a Friend’ and ’50:50’, plus a brand new fourth lifeline; ‘Ask The Host’.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that’s the minimum they will take home.

Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said “If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn’t win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it’s 1970’s prog rock music, I probably will. If it’s anything other than that, I probably won’t.”

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added “They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you’re going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, ‘no I’ll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong’, balls of steel.”

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm

More Details on All The Format of The Show:
In each episode, six different contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ for the chance to win a place in the coveted chair and play the game. If a game concludes with one contestant, the remaining contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ again for another opportunity to play for one million pounds.

Each contestant can see the question, answers, use their lifelines and still choose not to play the question and walk away with any money they have banked. The host is never shown the answer in advance of the contestant deciding to play the question and locking in their answer by saying ‘Final Answer’. The host does not have an earpiece or have any way to find out the answer.

Fastest finger first
The host will read out a question and four answers. Contestants will need to put the answers in the correct order. Fastest finger first questions are timed and the contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time, wins a place in the chair to play for one million pounds.

The contestants will face 15 questions for the chance to win one million pounds. Money will increase in the following increments:

Question 1 – £100
Question 2 – £200
Question 3 – £300
Question 4 – £500
Question 5 – £1,000
Question 6 – £2,000
Question 7 – £4,000
Question 8 – £8,000
Question 9 – £16,000
Question 10 – £32,000
Question 11 – £64,000
Question 12 – £125,000
Question 13 – £250,000
Question 14 – £500,000
Question 15 – £1,000,000

Safety Nets
There is a fixed safety net at £1,000. This means that once a contestant has answered the £1,000 question correctly, this is the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000.

However, in these seven celebratory episodes, a new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant in play. Once they have successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. The can only set this once during their game and until they set their second safety net, they will be asked ahead of seeing the next question. If they choose to set their safety net at the next question, they must correctly answer that question for it to be set and be in play. For example; A contestant has successfully answered Question 10 and won £32,000, they could then be asked if they want to set their safety net at £64,000. If they say yes, they will then see the question, four possible answers and can decide if they want to play. If they play and correctly answer the question, the minimum they will go home with is £64,000. They can continue the game and their safety net will remain at £64,000. This cannot be moved or reset. If they answer the question incorrectly, they will lose £31,000 and leave with £1,000.

Four lifelines are available to all contestants to use once at any point in their game, one more than was traditionally available.

The four lifelines available to each contestant in the chair are:

Contestants can choose to use this lifeline to remove two random wrong answers, leaving one correct answer and one random wrong answer. Even after they have used this lifeline, the contestant can still choose to not answer the question and take the money that they have currently banked.

Ask The Audience
If a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read the question and all possible answers. The host will ask the audience to vote for the answer they think is correct via an electronic keypad within an allotted time. The audience will not have access to any device where they could find out the answer from a third party or Internet. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. The contestant can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Phone A Friend
If the contestant wants to contact a friend, the host will lead the call and explain to the chosen friend that the contestant needs assistance on a question. Once the host hands the call over, the contestant will have 30 seconds to read the question, possible answers and have any discussions. The ‘friend’ will not see the countdown clock. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. They can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Prior to arriving to set, each contestant will be asked to select two ‘phone a friends’ and give their details. On the day that each contestant is set to play the game (six contestants per episode), Production will send an independent security team to all phone a friend residents in that episode. Once a contestant plays fastest finger first and wins a place in the chair, the security team will enter both of the ‘phone a friends’ residents. This is to ensure that if and when phoned, the friend does not source outside help to answer the question. Once the contestant has finished their game or used their lifeline, security will leave.

Ask The Host
This is a brand new, additional lifeline available once to all contestants. This lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. The host can give his opinion, answer or share his thoughts but there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Once he has shared his thoughts / given as much as he can, he will say ‘That’s my final answer’ which signifies the end of his assistance and the contestant can not ask the host any more questions. The host is never shown the answers in advance of the contestant saying this is my ‘Final Answer’. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game and can still choose to take any money they have currently banked. If the contestant does decide to play, the contestant will select the answer and say ‘final answer’. Once the answer is locked in, the contestant and host will have the answer revealed at the same time.