X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has put a line in the sand: she wants rid of the Six Chair Challenge.
“I officially hate the Six Chair challenge,” Mrs CFV told RadioTimes.com of the dreaded round which sees singers swapped in and out of the competition in front of a live Wembley Arena crowd.
Now an executive producer on the show, Cheryl admitted she’s campaigned to get it axed from the audition stages. “I’ve tried. I have tried,” she said, but – despite her best efforts – it’s back to rear its ugly head for a third series.
For those unfamiliar, the Six Chair Challenge sees the expert panel work on their own for the first time, choosing the six acts they’ll take through to their Judges’ Houses. A singer can be given a chair, only to have it taken away if a better singer comes along. In some cases, a contestant that was swapped out earlier can be brought back in. Only those left sitting on the chairs at the end are safe. With a roaring crowd making their presence known, it’s nail biting stuff.