The contestants had the gruelling task of the Six Chair Challenge followed by a 'make or break' performance at Judges' Houses, but over the weekend it was the X Factor judging panel that felt the pressure.
With live shows kicking off next weekend, Cheryl, Simon Cowell, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw had to whittle down their categories from six to three, announcing their choices live from Wembley Arena, but who made the cut?
Nick was third to make his cut from six to three. He had enjoyed a short break in the Cotswolds with his boys Mason Noise, Josh Daniel, Simon Lynch, Ben Clark, Che Chesterman and Sean Miley Moore. Nick had added Mason to his final six after Tom Bleasby revealed he had quit The X Factor, after not feeling vocally ready following his Six Chair Challenge.
They were joined by Mark Ronson, with Mark giving Nick his all important advice on the boys' auditions. Choosing his final three, Nick defended his pick, stating all three boys he had chosen have already shown the direction they want to take as an artist...
1. Mason Noise
Mason's re-entry at Judges' Houses was a controversial choice, after the hopeful insulted Simon Cowell and complained about his airtime during his Six Chair Challenge. Despite his outburst Nick was certain there was something in Mason worth seeing in the next round, telling fans of the show he would be an "interesting challenge" in the competition.
Mason said he was "humbled" to be back and made sure to impress with his performance of Robin Thicke's 'Lost Without U?'. It won himself a spot at live shows and Nick stuck to his guns in welcoming Mason on board, even if the studio audience were quick to boo his decision.
2. Sean Miley Moore
Sean has won a legion of fans since his first audition for The X Factor and proving why he is such a favourite, the singer performed a faultless rendition of Kate Bush's track 'This Woman's Work' for Nick and Mark.
Impressed, Mark predicted: "If that came out in the charts, you would see that go straight in as number one." While Nick told Sean he had done an "amazing" job.
Mark later added: "He definitely gives you something that you don't get anywhere else and that's important."
Che has impressed the judging panel with his soulful vocals and wowed with his rendition of 'A Man's World' at Six Chair Challenge. For his Judges' Houses audition, Che decided to sing his mum and dad's wedding song, 'Don't Know Much', and he definitely did his parents proud.
Nick gushed: "I love his voice." While Mark found it "crazy" that Che can sing the way he does at just 19 years old.
He bagged himself a spot at live shows, beating show favourite Josh Daniel to win himself the third and final place on Grimmy's team.
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