It’s that time of year again when The X Factor judges and their categories get to jet off to somewhere fabulous in order to find out who’ll make it through to live shows.
There’s usually a bit of sun, a glamorous guest judge and… well, a whole lot of tears. Whether they get through or not. There’s tears.
Host Dermot O’Leary is normally on hand to, as he has called it, do the “huggy thing”.
The locations continue to be dazzling. The actual idea of it being at a judge’s real house seem to have gone out of the window, but we don’t really want that do we? We want some new ideas for our holiday wish list – places we can actually go.
So get the annual leave forms ready, here’s what’s in store during next weekend’s shows, kicking off Friday…
Simon Cowell and Sinitta: LA
YES, Sinitta is back as Cowell’s guest judge! There’s no leaf bikini in sight, but maybe that comes later. Look how chilled Simon is. He must be blooming chuffed with his Overs category.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Tinie Tempah: Nice, France
Cheryl and Tinie had a number one hit with Crazy Stupid Love and now they’re teaming up again to hopefully find this year’s winner.
When Cheryl was a guest judge alongside Gary Barlow in 2012 she arrived by helicopter. So it’s only fitting that’s how Tinie will make his entrance.
Mel B and Emma Bunton: Mexico
It’s a bit of a Spice Girls reunion as Mel B gets Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, on board to help choose her final boys. Very Glam Spice, ladies! For her first Judges’ Houses we’d say Mexico is a blooming good choice. Look at that water!
Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos: Bermuda
Long gone are the days of Ireland for Louis and his category. He jetted off to Vegas last year and this year he’s in Bermuda. Yes, Bermuda! He’s also invited former X Factor judge Tulisa along saying, “She’s looking great. She’s back, she’s got her mojo back. She’s a really good girl.”
Tulisa even does a bit of a Bond girl entrance by the looks of things…
The X Factor continues next Friday, Saturday and Sunday on ITV