Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh have each confirmed their final six acts on The X Factor 2017 after the Six Chair Challenge came to an end in the most dramatic episode yet.

Tonight’s show saw Nicole address the outraged audience over her decision to get rid of Talia Dean.

Louis then faced not one, not two, but three dilemmas as he considered which of the Boys should fill his six chairs.

He kept one member of sibling duo of ITG and sent the other home, before facing his own backlash from the raucous Wembley crowd.

Later, Louis instigated a three-way sing-off after struggling to pick whose place the final act, Jack Mason, should take.

As always, judges Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell were on hand to offer their thoughts – but another tense moment saw Simon interrupt one of Nicole’s acts.

Overs – Nicole Scherzinger (continued)

The latest episode began with all six of Nicole’s chairs occupied, by Berget Lewis, Bill Downs, Gary Barker, Glenroy Grant, Loverine Fermino and Slavko Kalezic.

Talia Dean (Returned, replaced Bill Downs) – Viewers were left on a cliffhanger yesterday when Nicole got rid of Talia so she could keep Loverine. Simon and Sharon leapt to their feet in disbelief, and the audience booed heavily. The crowd was still angry when Kevin Davy White was brought out to perform tonight, chanting “bring her back”. Bowing to the pressure, Nicole granted their wish and decided to send Bill home so Talia could return.

Kevin Davy White (Seat, replaced Gary Barker) – With that mess finally cleared up, Kevin was able to return to the stage and fight for his own place. The Frenchman hoped to bring “good vibrations” to the people with his cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love?’, and Simon was certainly feeling them, calling him “the real deal”. Louis added: “You don’t know how good you are, you are a class act.” Nicole thought it wasn’t his “strongest” audition, but said he deserved a seat “hands down” and gave him Gary’s spot.

Jon Lilygreen (Seat, replaced Loverine Fermino) – Moustached Jon’s big dream is to fill arenas with fans eager to listen to his own music, and he demonstrated that by performing an original track, ‘Baby You Know’. Sharon told the former Eurovision entrant: “Everybody got in to it, you were really brave doing your own song, and it worked.” Noting that she “respects” him as a musician, Nicole struggled with her decision, but eventually gave Loverine’s seat to John.

The audience was angry and began chanting “bring her back” again, but sadly for Loverine, it didn’t work the second time.

Matt Linnen (Seat, replaced Glenroy Grant) – Matt was next to face the “really brutal” Six Chair Challenge, and this time he was sans guitar for his performance of Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather’s ‘Stop Me’. “You’re not perfect, but with a bit of help you’re going to be amazing,” reviewed Louis. Nicole called it “by far the best audition that you’ve given vocally” and, while urging the crowd not to “kill” her, bid farewell to Glenroy for Matt.

Tracy Leanne Jefford (Seat, replaced Jon Lilygreen) – Rounding off the Overs was Tracy, who jokingly exclaimed: “Why have I been left to last?!” Although Nicole was supposed to be calling the shots, it was Simon who interrupted her first song, ‘You Don’t Own Me’. “Guys, something’s not working for me right now,” he said.

Tracy continued the track a capella, but Simon still wasnt happy: “It’s not good enough.” Admitting an “affinity” for the divorced mum, Nicole gave her another shot, and this time she sang ‘Misty Blue’ by Etta James. Although Simon called her a “total, utter mess tonight”, Tracey took Jon’s place, completing Nicole’s line-up for Judges’ Houses.

Therefore, the top six Overs are: Berget Lewis, Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen, Slavko, Talia Dean and Tracey Leanne Jefford.

Boys – Louis Walsh

Lloyd Macey (Seat) – The final judge to take the Hotseat was Louis, with Simon jokingly asking him to make his Six Chair Challenge less “chaotic” than normal. His first decision, at least, a to be a no-brainer after Lloyd’s rendition of ‘Feels Like Home’ had the crowd on their feet in applause. “Your voice is timeless, there’s always room for a classic singer in the charts,” Sharon praised. “I really liked your song choice, I see you getting better all the time,” added Louis.

Leon Mallett (Seat) – Brothers Leon and Alex originally entered for The X Factor as group ITG, but Simon dropped a bombshell at Bootcamp, suggesting they should move forward as soloists. They agreed, and Leon was first to face the Six Chair Challenge, arriving on stage in crutches due to an ankle injury. He earned his seat after his performance of The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ had Simon raving: “You’ve come alive on your own. You’re like a completely different person.” Louis added: “This is the first time I’ve seen something in you.”

Alex Mallett (No Seat) – Unfortunately things didn’t go as well for Alex, and the siblings were well and truly split when Louis made the difficult choice to send him home. The Irishman told Alex should be “very proud” of himself after his performance of Plan B’s ‘She Said’, but claimed that Leon had “something more”. He commented: “There was no spark for me. For that reason, I’m going to say no. I honestly don’t think this is going to work.

Anthony Russell (Seat) – Liverpudlian Anthony stunned the judges by turning up in a suit and bow tie, but joked: “I’m skint, I’m £80 overdrawn, it’s still got the tags on! It’s going back tomorrow!” However, his piano version of Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So Beautiful’ didn’t make quite the same impression. “I’m gonna be honest, I kind of feel that – maybe it’s through our comments or something – that we’ve trapped you in this suit, made you all polite, and now we’ve lost Anthony,” Simon reviewed.

Anthony did get to take a seat, but he’s since dropped out of the competition due to “personal reasons”.

Spencer Sutherland (Seat) – Spencer took a risk by putting his own stripped-back spin on one of judge Nicole’s own hits, ‘Don’t Cha’. It paid off with the former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman, who said: “I think it was a really clever song choice. “I love your voice, you can sing the phone book!” While Simon also approved of Spencer vocals, he thought the performance was “a bit corny”. Louis gave him the fourth chair, despite saying he “oversang”

Enèsi Zubairu (No Seat) – Tonight was the first viewers saw of Enèsi, a student and part-time Greggs worker. “Yeah, sausage rolls!” exclaimed Nicole, who praised his performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature’. “You’re my cup of tea, I like your soul, I think you’re a natural,” she said. Although Louis thought Enèsi “worked the stage very well”, he somewhat inexplicably concluded that it was the “end of the road” for the 20-year-old.

Benji Matthews (Seat) – Having found Bootcamp “the best experience of [his] life” after debuting an original track, Benji brought another to the Six Chair Challenge. ‘Daydream’ is a tribute to his grandparents, who had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, but his second effort wasn’t as well received. “I didn’t like that song at all,” Simon blasted. “It was so sloppy, so corny, and it’s not you as an artist.” Regardless, Louis gave Benji his backing, calling the student “different” and quirky”.

Gregor Coleman (Seat) – Mixed feedback in previous rounds meant Gregor faced an uphill battle, but his take on Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ finally made the panel sit up and take notice. “I thought your chances of getting a chair were practically zero… until now,” admitted Simon. “I thought that was a really, really good audition.” Nicole added: “I feel like I’m meeting you for the first time.” Louis also complimented Gregor’s “very believable performance” and awarded him the final empty seat – but he didn’t get to keep it for long.

Aidan Martin (Seat, replaced Leon Mallet, who then replaced Gregor Coleman) – With all six chairs filled, Aidan faced double the pressure, as he had prepared a follow-up to his room audition track, ‘Punchline’. He took to the piano to play another self-penned song, ‘Point Of No Return’, which he’d only previously sung to his mum. “Every time you perform, you get me. You are so genuine, everything you do is with great emotion,” Sharon reacted.

Louis decided to give Aidan a chair, but faced his own Talia moment when he announced Leon’s departure. The other three judges were again on their feet in surprise, and Nicole led the booing audience in a chant of “bring him back, bring him back”. Louis changed his mind and asked Leon to return, opting to send Gregor home instead.

Russell Jones (No Seat) – There was no such dilemma with nursing home singer Russell, who was panned by the panel after singing Tina Turner’s ‘Fool In Love’. “I thought that was terrible, just your voice, the weird performance… I couldn’t stand that,” slated Simon. “Right now you look like a deer in a headlight,” noticed Sharon. “The song choice was not good.”

Jack Mason (Seat, replaced Benji Matthews) – The last of the boys was teenage busker Jack, who vowed he “wouldn’t go down without a fight”. That fight came in the form of Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’, and like his Bootcamp appearance, it won him a standing ovation. “I love you so much, I’ve loved you from day one, you’re a sweetheart of a guy,” gushed Sharon. “This is the third or fourth time today where I’ve felt a genuine connection with the audience,” added Simon.

Louis wanted to give Jack a chair, but struggled to decide which of the seated acts should be replaced. Another sing-off ensued, with Benji and Spencer initially going head-to-head, before Louis asked Lloyd to join in. Eventually, it was Benji who had to give his spot up for Jack.

Therefore, Louis’s top six Boys are: Aidan Martin, Anthony Russell, Jack Mason, Leon Mallett, Lloyd Macey and Spencer Sutherland.

The X Factor continues next Saturday at 8.20pm and Sunday at 7.00pm with Judges’ Houses weekend, when the acts going through to the live shows will be revealed.

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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.