There’s double X Factor action this Saturday and Sunday with a whole three (yes, three) hours of Bootcamp to enjoy!
The first episode airs at 8pm on Saturday September 30, and the second will be at 7.30pm on Sunday October 1.
What is The X Factor’s Bootcamp?
After the closed-room auditions, all of the acts who got three or more yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh made it through to Bootcamp.
This is the stage where the acts are given a song, put into groups of four and then perform once again for the judges.
Those who are successful make it through to the terrifying Six Chair Challenge, while those who aren’t have to exit the competition and head home. At least they get a hug from Dermot O’Leary on the way out, if nothing else.
How does Bootcamp work this year?
There are three elements of Bootcamp the wannabe singers have to survive. The first is the dreaded Wall of Songs. Introduced last year, this evokes complete and utter “carnage”. Yep, that’s the word Dermot used to describe this daft gimmick, and we can see why.
There’s a metal frame at one end of a warehouse and the contestants at the other. At the sound of a klaxon they all have to scrum forward and grab the song they want to perform from the wall where 140 titles have been posted. Here’s the mayhem that ensued last year:
Pretty bonkers, no?
Songs on the wall this year include I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes, Cheap Thrills by Sia, Heroes by David Bowie and History by One Direction.
After this, the acts are then put into groups of four (a mix of groups and individuals) and must perform the song they chose from ‘The Wall’ for the judges the next day. Then and there, the judges will decide who goes through to the second stage of Bootcamp.
There’s a second stage of Bootcamp?
Yep, you read that correctly. There’s a second stage of Bootcamp. For the first time this year, the contestants will be singing in front of a live arena audience after they’ve made it through their initial performance.
Filmed at Wembley Arena over three days, they will once again need to impress the judges in this final stage of Bootcamp before the Six Chair Challenge.
Who has made it through to Bootcamp?
If a singer or group got three or more yeses in the closed-room auditions, they immediately made it through to Bootcamp.
Here are all of the acts who triumphed in the auditions and who will be performing again this weekend:
Grace Davies, 20, Blackburn – performed her original song, Roots
Holly Tandy, 15, Barnsley – performed If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Jack & Joel, both 22, London – performed an Ed Sheeran medley
Elisangela Mahogany, 34, Brazil – performed Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
Rwanda Shaw, 21, Liverpool – performed Issues by Julia Michaels
Jack Smith, 23, Oxfordshire – performed Hey Ya by Outkast
Russell, who became a firm favourite among fans – and the judges – after his performance of Issues in the audition stages, made the decision to withdraw himself, a spokesperson for the series told RadioTimes.com.
An official statement explained that Anthony left the show following his successful audition.
“Earlier this month, due to personal reasons, Anthony withdrew from the show. We are sad to see him go and wish his all the best for the future”, it explained.
A source close to The X Factor added, “Anthony has been going through some personal issues for some time – as he sang about at his audition. Those issues were still affecting him. So everyone has urged him to concentrate on getting himself better right now.”
What happens after Bootcamp?
Next up for the plucky performers is the Six Chair Challenge. This is where each judge has only six spots available for their Judges’ Houses, and so all of the successful singers through in their category must vie for a spot on their team.
Eventually, all of the singers are whittled down and just six acts will remain for each judge. It’s these singers who are then flown around the world to Judges’ Houses where they compete for a spot on the live shows.
The X Factor airs 8pm Saturday September 30 and 7.30pm on Sunday October 1 on ITV.