X Factor 2015: First look at the Judges' Houses

Published Tuesday, Oct 20 2015, 17:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Having survived the emotional turmoil of X Factor's Six Chair Challenge, 24 contestants have made it through to the next round - the Judges' Houses.

In keeping with tradition, Simon Cowell, Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez Versini are each being joined by some big names to help out with the decision making process.

Oh, and also keep them company on the plane because this stage of the competition usually takes place in mega mansions in far flung locations.

On Saturday we'll get to see the first of the Judges' Houses, so who's going where and what celeb pal is joining them?

X Factor judge Simon Cowell with his overs category in LA for Judges Houses, 20th October 2015

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Simon Cowell's lot are jetting off to the South Of France with Si's right hand man, One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. Sounds like a dream holiday to us! Ignoring the whole 'under extreme pressure' part.

The duo will whittle the Overs category down from the current six, Max Stone, Kerry-Anne Phillips, Jennifer Phillips, Bupsi Brown, Ebru Ellis and Anton Stephans.

X Factor judge Rita Ora with her girls category in LA for Judges Houses, 20th October 2015

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Rita Ora is being joined by 'All About That Bass' singer Meghan Trainor to form the sassiest double act of all time. The Girls category will get to live the showbiz dream in Los Angeles.

The girls have proved themselves as a seriously strong category so far, with the final six consisting of Louisa Johnson, Chloe Paige, Keira Weathers, Lauren Murray, Havva Rebke and Monica Michael.

X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw with his boys category in the Cotswolds for Judges Houses, 20th October 2015

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Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has roped in his superstar DJ mate Mark Ronson to act as celebrity mentor while his boys category sing their hearts out in his chosen location of the Cotswolds. Who else thought he'd opt for his hometown of Manchester?! How wrong were we?!

The finalists enjoying Nick's rural stay-cation are Seann Miley Moore, Mason Noise, Josh Daniel, Che Chesterman, Ben Clarke and Simon Clarke.

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez Versini with her groups category in Rome for Judges Houses, 20th October 2015

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will be flying her groups out to Rome, and Jess Glynne will be on hand to help make all those tough choices.

Now for the confusing part, just when we'd committed them to memory, every single group has been renamed. Sigh. Here are the final six; 4th Impact (formerly 4th power), Alien Uncovered (formerly Alien) BEKLN Mile (formerly BEKLN), Melody Stone (formerly Silver Tone), New Kings Order (formerly The First Kings) and Reggie n Bollie (formerly Menn on Point).

Brain totally frazzled? Same! And there's another twist to confuse us. Because this year's X Factor is all about shaking things up, the remaining acts will receive the judges' decisions live from Wembley Arena.

We reckon that's quite a good thing, no one wants their holiday ruined, right?!

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