The X Factor judges will be jetting off around the globe later this year for Judges’ Houses.
The annual field trip will see the four judges – Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson – take the six chosen acts in their categories to glamorous and exotic locations around the world to be whittled down ahead of the live shows.
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This year, the Six Chair Challenge will see one act for each judge given a ‘Golden X’ – a guaranteed place at Judges’ Houses similar to the Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent.
Here’s everything else we know so far about Judges’ Houses this year – from the guest stars to the irresistibly Instagrammable locations:
Category: The Girls (Bella Penfold, Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco, Molly Scott, Scarlett Lee, Shan)
Location: This year the acts will be jetting off to Simon’s Malibu home.
Guest judge: There’s not just one. This year Cowell is inviting a group of guest mentors into his house, including American Idol stars Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.
Location: Williams will take the groups to his LA home.
Guest judge: David Walliams. Really. The Britain’s Got Talent judge will help Robbie sort through his remaining six acts.
Location: Los Angeles
Which acts are through to the Judges’ Houses?
Each judge can take six acts through to the Six Chair Challenge, meaning a total of 24 acts will reach this round. You can see a full list of acts that made it through here.