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)

More in this Section

John Boyega sorry for ‘badly-worded’ comment about social media abuseJohn Boyega sorry for ‘badly-worded’ comment about social media abuse

Barbara Windsor does not recognise me sometimes, says husband Scott MitchellBarbara Windsor does not recognise me sometimes, says husband Scott Mitchell

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall announces support for LabourLittle Mix’s Jade Thirlwall announces support for Labour

Chris Brown reveals newborn son’s nameChris Brown reveals newborn son’s name


Ciara McDonnell talks to four high-profile people about their festive traditions and favourite tracksHere's what has these famous faces rockin’ around the Christmas tree

More From The Irish Examiner