Who are the X Factor 2016 wildcards? Ryan Lawrie, Samantha Lavery, Saara Aalto and Yes Lad!

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Samantha Lavery, Ryan Lawrie, Saara Aalto and Yes Lad have been selected as this year's X Factor wildcards.

Yes, the X Factor wildcard feature has been brought back this year, meaning four acts initially sent home have been given the shock good news they're off to Judges' Houses!

After a brutal Six Chair Challenge weekend in which each judge - Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne - whittled down their category to just six acts for Judges' Houses, we've now found out there will actually be SEVEN acts jetting off around the world for the next stage of the competition.

In a twist, however, the judges couldn't choose the wildcard for their own category, instead having to accept the wildcard choice of a fellow judge.

So, here they are!

Simon Cowell's Girls - Samantha Lavery, chosen by Louis Walsh

Samantha Lavery performs for the judges at bootcamp on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast onITV1HD

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Samantha, 16, had been one of Simon's strongest contenders but fell down at Six Chair Challenge because he didn't like her song choice. She initially did secure a chair but then lost it to Gifty Louise, with Simon saying: "Your song was horrible. Now I'm in a really difficult position because you were one of the girls who I thought was making it one of the strongest categories."

The other girls in the category are:

Caitlyn Vanbeck
Emily Middlemas
Gifty Louise
Kayleigh Marie Morgan
Olivia Garcia
Soheila Clifford.

Louis Walsh's Groups - Yes Lad, chosen by Sharon Osbourne

Yes Lad performs for the judges at bootcamp on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast onITV1HD


The five-piece boy band - Joel, Cian, Sonny, Lewis and Luke - had thought they were safely through to Judges' Houses when they secured a seat at Six Chair Challenge and praise from Louis. But then Louis dramatically switched them out for the eccentric Ottavio and Bradley, after the other judges suggested he'd made a mistake sending them home. They also thought he had too many boybands.

The other groups in the category are:

5 AM
Four of Diamons
The Brooks
Ottavio and Bradley
Tom and Laura

Nicole Scherzinger's Boys - Ryan Lawrie, chosen by Simon Cowell

Ryan Lawrie performs for the judges at bootcamp on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast onITV1HD


The 20-year-old has had a rollercoaster time on X Factor so far: he auditioned as a solo artist, only for the judges to put him into a newly-formed boyband before changing their minds and realising, actually, he was way better as an individual singer.

The other boys in the category are:

Christian Burrows
Freddy Parker
James Hughes
Matt Terry
Nate Simpson
Niall Sexton

Sharon Osbourne's Overs - Saara Aalto, chosen by Nicole Scherzinger

Saara Alto performs for the judges at bootcamp on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast onITV1HD


The 29-year-old singer from Finland failed to win Sharon over at Six Chair Challenge but Nicole was always Team Saara from day one. During Saara's first audition, former Pussycat Doll Nicole joked: "That was so good you make me want to twerk right now. My ass wants to clap for you." And when Sharon sent Saara home, Nicole bluntly told her she'd made a big mistake.

The other overs are:

Samantha Atkinson
James Wilson
Relley C
Christopher Peyton
Janet Grogan
Honey G.

X Factor continues Saturday 1st October, 8pm.