X Factor field reduced to 32

X Factor field reduced to 32

The competition is hotting up on the X Factor with the acts culled to just 32 tonight and their mentors for the next round revealed.

Eight were chosen from each of the four categories – the boys, the girls, the groups and the over-28s – from thousands of hopefuls.

They will compete next week in the Judges’ Houses round, so-called because they will perform at venues chosen by judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.

Minogue chose Melbourne, Australia for her acts – the boys – to perform, while Cole elected a country house in England as the girls’ venue. Walsh is mentoring the over 28s acts and Cowell the groups.

The 32 will be whittled down to just 12 for the live shows.

Cole, who missed some of the knock-out stages after coming down with malaria, will mentor her lookalike Cher Lloyd.

“You’re right up my street,” Cole told the 16-year-old during her first audition.

Katie Waissel, Annastasia Baker, Rebecca Ferguson and four others are also in her group.

Chloe Victoria, who has hit the headlines since appearing on the show, did not get through to the next stage.

Cole, who has won the competition for the last two years in a row, said: “I am going for the hat trick.”

When Cowell found out the category he said: “I can’t believe it. Two words - stitch up.”

Groups including Husstle, Twem, Diva Fever and Princes and Rogues were in his category.

During the final part of the Bootcamp stage, Walsh, Cowell and guest judge Nicole Sherzinger decided to alter the age limit for the over 25s category and boosted it to 28.

Walsh was not pleased at the news he was mentoring the newly created category. His acts include shop assistant Mary Bryne, American rocker Storm Lee and Stephen Hunter.

Minogue, who has only just started back at the show after giving birth to her first child Ethan, said: “I was gutted to miss the auditions because I just felt out of the loop.”

The acts she will mentor include Paije Richardson, Italian Nicolo Festa, Aidan Grimshaw and Marlon McKenzie.

Former judge Sharon Osbourne will help Walsh decide which three of his eight acts go through to the live shows.

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