Cheryl Fernandez-Versini explains choosing Rome for X Factor judges' houses

Published Friday, Oct 23 2015, 14:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has explained why she chose Rome as her venue for X Factor judges' houses this year.

The judge and her groups jetted off to Italy earlier this month to film the nail-biting judges' houses segment of the show, which whittles down the Six Chair Challenge finalists to the small group who will progress to live shows.

In previous series, judges' houses locations have included uber glam, faraway destinations like LA, Las Vegas, Dubai and Mexico, but Cheryl opted for somewhere slightly closer to home.

X Factor 2015: Judges' Houses - Cheryl and guest judge Jess in Rome.

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Cheryl was joined by Jess Glynne in Rome.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, she said: "You have to take into consideration the contestants and how they're going to be feeling. I didn't want jet lag, I didn't want tired voices because it's 4am. I wanted to give them pasta, I wanted them to be strong and ready."

She was joined by guest judge Jess Glynne.

Cheryl explained: "She has the fastest selling albums of this year, so if you want relevancy, current, I mean one of the most sang songs this season, I think, has been Jess' songs."

In a twist, the contestants don't yet know if they did enough at judges' houses to make it to live shows. Usually, they find out after their performances and before they return to the UK, but it's different this year.

Initial plans were to have judges' houses broadcast live, but time differences around the world was a factor in this being cancelled. Instead, each judge taped their judges' houses contestant performances but will not reveal who made it to live shows until a special episode broadcast from Wembley.


Rita Ora took her girls to Los Angeles, while Simon Cowell took his overs to the South of France and Nick Grimshaw stayed in the UK with his boys.

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