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Series 10 - Episode 9
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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.
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.
Full Episode Guide
First look at Cheryl's return to X Factor for Judges' Houses
Plus, Stormzy joins Nicole Scherzinger in South Africa and Louis Walsh summons Mika to Turkey
Here's who's replacing Anthony Russell on The X Factor 2017
Louis Walsh had a painfully chaotic Six Chair Challenge as he chose his 6 Boys for Judges' Houses
Nicole Scherzinger cowed under pressure as she chose her 6 Overs for Judges' Houses
Nicole Scherzinger storms off as Simon Cowell confirms his 6 Groups for Judges' Houses
Who is Aston Merrygold? Everything you need to know about the former JLS singer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant
What time is The X Factor on TV tonight?
Is The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge too cruel?
Is the ratings war over? Twice as many people now watch Strictly as X Factor
After a brutal Six Chair Challenge, these are the 6 singers confirmed for Sharon Osbourne's Judges' Houses
The X Factor 2017 categories REVEALED - who has the Girls, Boys, Overs and Groups?
Who is Shanaya Atkinson-Jones? Meet The X Factor contestant who brings Nicole Scherzinger to tears