The top six Girls on The X Factor 2017 have been revealed after the dreaded Six Chair Challenge began tonight – with three acts facing a head-to-head sing-off as Sharon Osbourne struggled to decide who to keep.

Having made it through Bootcamp, this year’s hopefuls were again gathered at The SSE Arena in Wembley for the most controversial stage of the competition.

Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh had to whittle down their categories by filling six chairs, each representing a place at Judges’ Houses.

One at a time, contestants took to the X-shaped stage to sing, and if they were good enough they’d get to take one of the seats – but at no point could they get comfy.

If a better act came along later, their mentor could choose to send home one of the seated acts in order to free up a spot for them.

As if the whole ordeal wasn’t tense enough – especially with a 4,000-strong audience chanting “seat, seat, seat” – this year bosses introduced a new twist to cause even more drama.

For the first time, the deciding judge had to sit alone at their own desk, away from the other three.

Tonight it was Sharon’s turn in the so-called ‘hotseat’, and her task proved difficult after she was given the category she wanted the least – the Girls.

Although it was up to Sharon to make the final decisions, Simon, Nicole and Louis were still able to comment on the performances.

Here’s a full recap of how her Six Chair Challenge played out…

Scarlett Lee (Seat) – Sharon may have given Scarlett a ‘no’ at the room auditions, but she ended up giving the make-up artist a seat after her stripped back version of David Guetta andUsher’s ‘Without You’, commenting: “It’s unbelievable how confident you are.” Not all of the judges were convinced, however, with Simon claiming the performance was “all over the place”.

Hayley Norton (No Seat) – The Six Chair Challenge marked Hayley’s first appearance on The X Factor as a solo act, after she split from her mum Debye and their group Descendance at Bootcamp. With the spotlight squarely on her, she chose to sing The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ – but it didn’t impress the panel. Simon thought she’d “done well” but wasn’t sure about her vocals. Sharon seemed to agree, claiming her voice was just “OK”, and ultimately chose to send her home.

Sky Saron-Wermerling (Seat) – Even though we’re at the middle stage of the competition, we’re still seeing new faces. Sky hasn’t previously been featured on the show, and the mixed feedback she got for her performance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘I’m A Mess’ may suggest why. “I don’t think the vocal was perfect,” Simon remarked. “You’ve got a lot going for you, I’m just not sure,” mused Sharon. To the 19-year-old student’s surprise, she was given the second chair.

Rai-Elle (Seat) – Super-confident schoolgirl Rai-Elle chose to showcase her voice by singing ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ a capella, and the move paid off, earning her a standing ovation from the audience. Simon called her “the best so far”, joking: “If Sharon doesn’t give you a chair, you can take mine.” The decision was a no-brainer for Sharon, who laughed: “This crowd will kill me if I don’t give you a seat, so you’re in!”

Holly Tandy (Seat) – Following Rai-Elle was fellow 16-year-old contender Holly, who became emotional before taking to the stage, asking: “How do I follow that?” She needn’t have worried, as her performance of Lady Gaga’s ‘The Edge Of Glory’ also won rave reviews. “You didn’t oversing, you took it easy, your delivery was perfect, you’re a very special girl,” gushed Sharon. “I’m not gonna beat around the bush, just sit down!”

Nicole Caldwell (No Seat) – With Sharon as her mentor, the odds were stacked against Nicole. Following her nervous Bootcamp appearance, Mrs O told the Scot to “get a grip” on her anxiety issues, and curtly admitted she doesn’t “feel as strongly” about her as the other judges. This time, Nicole delivered a far more confident performance of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, which Simon described as “by far the best you’ve done”. However, Sharon still wasn’t sure she has what it takes and opted to say goodbye.

Shanaya Atkinson-Jones (Seat) – Shanaya again channelled the emotions of her childhood, opting to sing the Hairspray track ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ because “I know where I have been, I know where I am, and I know where I’d like to go”. A teary-eyed Louis told her: “You’ve never let me down, you’ve got something going on. When you sing, I believe you.” Sharon said she’s yet to feel a similar “connection”, but gave Shanaya a seat after she promised to take directions.

Elysa V (Seat) – Elysa, who came all the way from Australia to take part in the show, performed Meghan Trainer’s self-empowerment anthem ‘Me Too’ – but, unlike Jodie Woolcott at Bootcamp, she had the right swagger to pull it off. “That was my favourite performance of yours,” revealed Nicole. “You really give everything, you are a great, natural performer,” added Sharon, who gave her the final vacant seat.

Taliah Dalorto (Seat, took Sky’s place) – With all six chairs occupied, the pressure was on for the contestants to prove that they were worthy of dethroning another act. The first to do so was Taliah, who hijacked Sky’s spot after her rendition of James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’. “What am I gonna do with you lot? It’s hard, so so hard,” lamented Sharon.

Alisah Bonaobra (Seat, took Taliah’s place) – However, Taliah only got to sit for a few moments before she was sent packing in favour of Alisah. The Filipino singer – who narrowly avoided elimination during the first part of Bootcamp – demonstrated her powerful vocals once more on Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’. “That is how you do it honey, that is how you fight for a seat,” exclaimed Nicole. “I’d give you two seats,” joked Louis.

Jenny Ball (Seat, took Shanaya’s place) – Blackpool girl Jenny tried to impress with The Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Iris’, but she failed to win over Simon, who said previously eliminated act Nicole should be put through over her. “If she got a no, and you got a yes, this would be crazy,” he commented. Fortunately for Jenny, she had the person who mattered on her side. “You’re always strong, I like you, I connect with you,” said Sharon, who gave her Shanaya’s chair – a choice which left the other three judges dumbfounded. “I can’t believe she did that,” gasped Nicole.

Deanna (Seat, took Jenny’s place) – That move again proved to be short-lived, as Jenny was soon turfed out in favour of Anguillan musician Deanna, who performed Emeli Sandé’s ‘My Kind Of Love’. “Beautiful song, you’re a very classy lady, I love the way you perform,” said Sharon.

Grace Davies (Seat, took Alisah’s place) – A force to be reckoned with in the competition, Grace again brought a self-penned song for her Six Chair performance. Named ‘Do It Better’, she explained it was a “sequel” to her touching break-up track ‘Don’t Go’, which she debuted at Bootcamp. It was another triumph, with Simon joking: “I wouldn’t give you a chair, I’d give you the table, the chairs, my water, my tea, my prawn cocktail Skips, that’s how much I like you!”

Another controversial moment ensued when Sharon announced that Grace would take Alisah’s place, with the audience booing – and even the Blackburn warehouse assistant herself was shocked.

Kelsey Gill (No Seat) – Emerging on stage in a tense atmosphere following Alisah’s exit, Kelsey also performed an original song, ‘Scars’ – but she didn’t wow the judges as much as Grace, with Nicole saying: “For me, that was not enough to take one of those chairs.” While Sharon “admired” Kelsey for using her own material, she added: “I’m so sorry, but I’m gonna have to let you go.”

Georgina Panton (Seat, took Elysa’s place) – The final act to compete for a chair was Georgina, whose arena audition was one of Simon’s favourites. Following her piano rendition of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’, the media supremo again praised her, saying: “There’s something about you. I’m not gonna say this was perfect, because it wasn’t, but what I love is that you give everything you’ve got, you literally lay it on the floor.” Sharon agreed with his sentiments and gave her Elysa’s chair.

However, Sharon’s Six Chair Challenge wasn’t over there. With the feeling that Alisah’s depature may have been a mistake lingering, she was called back to the stage – where she was joined by Rai-Elle and Scarlett.

The trio were asked to perform in a head-to-head sing-off to decide once and for all which of them would make Judges’ Houses.

Rai-Elle got to return to her seat – but it was bad news for Scarlett, as Sharon decided to send her home in favour of Alisah.

Therefore, Sharon’s final six Girls are: Alsah Bonaobra, Deanna,Georgina Panton, Grace Davies, Holly Tandy and Rai-elle.

The X Factor continues next Saturday at 8.15pm and Sunday at 7.00pm.

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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.