28 contestants are off to X Factor Judges' Houses as Wildcards are given a second chance

Following The X Factor’s Six Chair Challenge, the remaining contestants will now have to face Judges’ Houses, the final hurdle before the live shows.

There are seven acts in each of the four categories – the Girls, the Boys, the Overs and the Groups – heading off to each respective judge’s exotic location of choice to battle it out.

In a twist to the competition this year, each category has an extra Wildcard addition – a contestant chosen by a rival judge to be given a second chance.

Nicole Scherzinger will take her Boys contestants to Nice in France, Louis Walsh will see his Groups perform in Ibiza, Spain, Simon Cowell is treating his Girls to a working trip to Malibu, California, and Sharon Osbourne has invited the Overs to her home in Los Angeles.

These are the acts in each category:

Nicole’s Boys:

Christian Burrows, 19

Freddy Parker, 18

James Hughes, 17

Matt Terry, 23

Nate Simpson, 23

Niall Sexton, 22

Wildcard – Ryan Lawrie, 20 (chosen by Simon)

Simon’s Girls

Caitlyn Vanbeck, 18

Emily Middlemas, 17

Gifty Louise, 20

Kayleigh Marie Morgan, 19

Olivia Garcia, 16

Soheila Clifford, 18

Wildcard – Samantha Lavery, 16 (chosen by Louis)

Sharon’s Overs

Christopher Peyton, 46

Honey G, 35

James Wilson, 34

Janet Grogan, 28

Relley C, 26

Samantha Atkinson, 32

Wildcard – Saara Alto, 29 (chosen by Nicole)

In a twist, rapper Honey G has returned after Ivy Grace Paredes had to drop out due to visa issues.

Louis’ Groups

4 Of Diamonds, aged 17-21

5am, aged 19-23

Ottavio And Bradley, aged 22-24

Skarl3t, aged 22-27

The Brooks, aged 17

Tom And Laura, aged 24-29

Wildcard – Yes Lad, aged 16-21 (chosen by Sharon)

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