The X Factor

Series 10 - Episode 9

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

And so we arrive at boot camp, where the crowds of contestants usually try to stand out in crazy DayGlo outfits or by displaying ramped-up versions of their personality. And a few just try to sing really, really well.

There’s a twist this year, one that Louis Walsh told RT made picking the six acts in each category so tough. There are six chairs and if a contestant impresses, he or she takes a seat. But if someone better comes along, they may be sent home. So, a cruel version of musical chairs is played out in front of a massive audience, who are as vocal as Romans watching gladiators slaughter each other. The games continue tomorrow.

About this programme

9/22. The singers who impressed at the double auditions now face a tougher challenge as they gather at Wembley Arena for the first part of boot camp. After the judges' categories are revealed earlier than usual in a surprise twist, only the best will survive the cull as Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh put the remaining hopefuls through their paces with group challenges and a further make-or-break performance. Dermot O'Leary presents.

Cast and crew


Dermot O'Leary
Gary Barlow
Louis Walsh
Nicole Scherzinger
Sharon Osbourne


Executive Producer
Richard Holloway
Executive Producer
Mark Sidaway
Executive Producer
Beth Hart
Executive Producer
Lee McNicholas
Series Producer
Claudia Cunnell