The X Factor auditions start screening on ITV this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 27th/28th at 8pm. This year’s SHOCK TWIST has been announced: an act in each category is reinstated for judges’ houses, by the three other judges. That means the final 24 who were chosen weeks ago – the Six Chair Challenge was filmed in early July – becomes a final 28 for judges’ houses, which will be filmed over the next two weeks.
Helpfully for punters, some audience members at the 6CC filming have shared their information about the 24 who got through. In previous years, these crowd-sourced spoilers have been impressively accurate, although as ever there are no guarantees. With thanks to posters on the Digital Spy forum Six Chair Challenge Spoiler thread, we’re passing on below what appears to be the current state of crowd-sourced spoilers, for ease of bookmarking and reference as the audition shows progress.
Skarl3t – Twitter
The Brooks – Twitter
5am (reportedly put together by judges) – Twitter
Four of Diamonds (reportedly put together by judges) – Twitter
Cosmic Riot – Twitter
Husband and wife duo (name not yet known)
We have to wait and see if the identities of the four wildcards also leak – or, indeed, if there’s any leak of who makes it through judges’ houses to the live shows. The identities of those who get past judges’ houses are usually a more closely-guarded secret – some years, leaks and Twitterology get us an accurate cast for the live shows in advance of it being officially confirmed; some years, they don’t.
Last year we had the innovation of a live reveal of the live shows line-up during the judges’ houses episodes, rather than the traditional on-location tearful chat on the sofa. As that was widely regarded to have been somewhat shambolic, it’ll be interesting to see if they retain it this year – back in the safer presentorial hands of Dermot – or revert to the previous format.
Last year we also had the innovation of Betfair opening its outright market during the audition shows, rather than – as it has traditionally – waiting until the live shows line-up is confirmed. If Betfair does this again, and the previous format of informing the acts of their fate on location is reverted to, it will be interesting to see how clearly the market speaks.
If you have any additions or corrections to the above list, please share in the comments. And, of course, speculate away about what producers may be trying to achieve this year. Do you suspect this year’s SHOCK TWIST is set up for a Simon Cowell driving to Melanie Amaro’s house-esque trajectory, with a favoured act controversially jettisoned only to be reinstated, and win over their mentor at judges’ houses? Or is it a half-baked “we’d better think of a twist”/”how about this?” affair, which will fizzle out with none of the reinstated four making the live shows? Let us know your theories below.