The route to the live shows draws tantalisingly closer for the remaining 24 The 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.
Louis will be joined by Grammy nominated singer songwriter Mika. International musical sensation Mika opened his career in 2007 with defining single Grace Kelly, which sold over 3 million copies worldwide and was the second British single ever to top the chart on downloads alone. The debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion, went straight to #1 in UK and 11 other countries, going on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide, plus over 6 million single sales.
His 2nd album The Boy Who Knew Too Much went top 10 in 11 countries and his 3rd, The Origin of Love released in 2012, saw collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Nick Littlemore and Ariana Grande, amongst others.
Mika has been nominated for and won awards from the Brits, the Grammys, the Ivor Novellos, World Music Awards and MTV’s Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan, Capital Radio Awards, Q Magazine, BT, Vodafone and Virgin Media, amongst others. He is also the recipient of the prestigious French award “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.
His contagious joy and colourful performances have delighted audiences from the beginning and have led to sold out tours worldwide. His videos have racked up an impressive total of over 250 million views!
Mika has now sold over 10 million records and has Gold or Platinum awards in an impressive 32 countries worldwide. As well as being a songwriter and performer, Mika has designed clothes and accessories, is a writer (including magazine columns, blogs and work on a book), illustrator and artist. He is currently working on his 5th album, following his fourth studio album No Place In Heaven
Nicole is aided by Mobo award-winning, BRIT nominated and man of the moment, grime artist, Stormzy. Stormzy, is an English grime and hip hop artist. He won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s influential Sound of 2015 list. His most successful song to date is the BPI gold-selling “Shut Up”, which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube. The track was then officially released and got to number eight on the UK Singles Chart after Stormzy launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was released on 24 February 2017 and was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.
Sharon makes it a family affair with son Jack and daughter Kelly. The daughter of heavy-metal musician Ozzy Osbourne, and his wife, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly came to fame in the early 2000s with the MTV reality show about her family, The Osbournes. She’s since parlayed the program’s success into a career that has put her in the recording studio, ignited a fashion design career and created additional television opportunities. The son of rock star Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, Jack became famous after appearing on the MTV reality show The Osbournes. His struggle with drugs and alcohol has made headlines. In 2012, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Simon reunites with former The X Factor judge and singer Cheryl. She earned recognition after participating in ITV’s reality TV show ‘Popstars: The Rivals’, which eventually placed her in the all-girl group ‘Girls Aloud’ alongside Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The group went on to release 20 consecutive top ten singles in the UK, which included four number ones singles. Since the time she started pursuing a solo career, she has produced five number one singles, a record she shares with Jess Glynne. She became a household name in the UK after she appeared as a judge and mentor on the fifth series of the UK version of ‘The X Factor’. She has subsequently reprised her role in many later installments of the show, but eventually decided to quit to focus on her singing career. She has also earned accolades for her fashion sense and is recognized as a style icon. Cheryl, who experienced a tough childhood where a good meal was a luxury for the family, has been involved with many charitable causes.
Judges Houses will air on Saturday 21 at 8.20pm and Sunday 22 October at 7pm in 2 hour long bumper episodes.