But if it was cruel for the judges, think about the singers. It seems like this year could be the cruellest yet, with rumours suggesting that one group was even split up during the Six Chair Challenge.
Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but undeniably the gimmick has been dogged with controversy since it began.
The live audience who sit in for the Six Chair Challenge at Wembley Arena get thoroughly involved with the decisions, chanting “off, off” at singers they don’t deem good enough, and screaming the number of the singer’s seat they want to see usurped.
When decisions are made that the audience don’t like, near-on anarchy can erupt – even Simon Cowell couldn’t calm them down back in 2014:
So what do you think about the Six Chair Challenge? Should it be ditched for being too cruel, or do you still enjoy watching the judges choose their final six in gladiatorial style?
Have your say in our poll below:
The X Factor: Six Chair Challenge airs on Sunday 14th October at 8.15pm and Sunday 15th October at 7pm on ITV