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X Factor: The 12 acts who should definitely make the Live Shows

5 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Everyone knows that the best week of X Factor every year is Judges House. Don't talk to us about Six Chair Challenges, this is the real deal.

Blending heartbreak, tears, Sinitta dressed in only some palm leaves and ludicrous Louis Walsh decisions, it's a microcosm of the entire show squeezed into one handy bite-size chunk of weekend telly.

But who deserves to make the cut and who should be going home on an EasyJet flight from Barbados with nothing more than a Dermot O'Leary hug to comfort them?

Here are the Top 12 acts who we believe must make the Live Shows.

The Boys

1. Andrea Faustini

First name on the team sheet. This Italian pug-lover simply has to be in Mel B's Top 3. His rendition of 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' at Boot Camp left us a blubbering wreck and he's also the No.1 contestant we would most like to give a cuddle. »

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The X Factor: See the Overs competing at Judges' Houses

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Simon Cowell has picked his Top 6 Overs - even if, awkwardly, he regrets not choosing Janet - but the decisions aren't over there. Now he has to pick the three he wants to take through to the Live Shows. At least he has Sinitta to help him.

When the Overs have all stopped larking about on the beach, read on for all the photos you need from their trip to Los Angeles...

Helen Fulthorpe

Helen says she would never have applied for the show herself (her son did it) and claims her excuse would have been that she doesn't like queuing. Hope Simon didn't keep her waiting in La.

Anyway, if this singing lark doesn't work out she actually wants to be a paramedic, after being inspired by the medics who treated her son Joe when he fell seriously ill with diabetes last year. Aww.

Ben Haenow

Two shiny shots of Ben here, »

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The X Factor: See the Groups competing at Judges' Houses

6 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Louis Walsh. Tulisa. And a whole lot of groups. In Bermuda. We can't wait to see what happened at Mr Walsh's Judges' Houses stage, but at least we have these photos to keep us going for now.

Once you've recovered from Louis's shorts, read on for all the photographs you need from this weekend's Bermuda jaunt...

Only The Young

We were not ever this cool.

Here are Only The Young performing. Charlie, Parisa, Mikey and Betsy Blue compare themselves to the Von Trapp family, which is so uncool that it's gone all the way around and become cool again.

Blonde Electric

The outfits suggest that Louis Walsh will put them through instantly.

We don't even know what our favourite fact about Jazzy and Ruby is. That they've lived in 33 countries? That they speak five languages? That they're related to George Osborne? Too much to choose from.

New Boy Band

There are eight of them. »

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The X Factor: See the Girls competing at Judges' Houses

8 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has picked her final six Girls, and the chosen ones jetted off to Nice for her Judges' Houses episode - where the 'Crazy Stupid Love' singer enlisted Tinie Tempah to pick her final three for the live shows. Oh, and they arrived in style:

Hope no-one gets seasick. Anyway, here's a rundown of all the photos you need to see before Judges' Houses this weekend...

Lola Saunders

We are loving the 'got papped on the beach' sass of Lola's shiny shot. Girl is ready for this.

Go on then, analyse Cheryl and Tinie's faces. How is Lola doing? Or has she just begun? Our favourite fact from her bio, anyway, is that she would like to make Cheryl cry. "I'm not going to lie, that would be great! That would be nice. For a good reason, not a bad reason. That would be a real sense of achievement. »

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The X Factor: See the Boys competing at Judges' Houses

9 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor's Judges' Houses stage can be a terrifying experience - so imagine what it's like if you're performing for Scary Spice herself! Luckily, Mel B enlisted her fellow Spice GIrl Emma Bunton to help her choose the three boys who'll make it through to the live shows...

Here's a rundown of all the photos you need before Judges' Houses this weekend... although we'll be honest, we're not quite sure what on Earth is going on in this one below. Only on X Factor, eh?

Andrea Faustini

Not only does Andrea love pugs, but he wants a pair called "Simon" and "Cowell". Surely that's enough to send him through immediately?

Hmm, apparently he also has to sing a bit first. Oh well. At least he looks like he's going for it - and maybe his love for the Spice Girls will help him through. (On Mel B, he said: "I love her voice, »

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Robert Pattinson helped choose sister's X Factor songs

9 hours ago | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Robert Pattinson helped to choose the songs his sister performed on 'The X Factor'. Lizzy Pattinson has revealed her Hollywood star sibling has been aiding her in deciding what tracks to perform on the ITV talent contest and impress the judges Mel B, Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. The 31-year-old singer explained: ''I just sent him a link to the songs for Judges' Houses and he said, 'They sound really cool.' One of the songs was quite obscure and he thought it was really good.'' Lizzy - who is being mentored by Simon - also admitted that the 'Twilight' heartthrob has »

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Who is doing I'm a Celebrity 2014? 11 early jungle rumours

9 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's not quite time for Ant & Dec to start packing up their golf clubs, but the early rumours on who might be taking part in I'm a Celebrity 2014 have already started flooding in.

It's over a month away, but here are 11 stars who have been linked to a trip Down Under to munch on kangaroo balls - lucky guys!

1. Robbie Savage

The mouthy footballer, turned mouthy pundit has insisted that he definitely isn't heading to Australia later this year. However, that is exactly what someone would say if they were taking part and wanted to keep it a secret. We're like a Digital Miss Marple.

2. Tulisa

Another celebrity who has totally denied that they are taking part, but she's been getting in the bikini practice on The X Factor and she isn't exactly busy at the moment (what is she doing?). So why wouldn't she want to spend three weeks »

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Sarah-Jane Crawford on Sunday's X Factor: 'It was like Gladiator!'

29 September 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford has spoken about Sunday's (September 28) controversial episode of The X Factor.

Crawford said that while viewers at home were incensed, things were even more intense during the actual filming of the show.

"If you were watching at home and you thought it looked a bit intense, then times that by a hundred, that's what you got inside there I'm not joking!," the presenter said.

"We would have these loo breaks and I was thinking 'we literally need more security' - it was like Gladiator or something."

Speaking on This Morning, Crawford said of Simon Cowell: "I was supposed to have a little chat with him on the decisions he'd made for his six and literally he couldn't talk to me. He was so stressed."

Louis Walsh decided his Groups category contestants in controversial circumstances on Sunday's show.

Three acts fought it out for »

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Strictly Come Dancing stays ahead of The X Factor in head-to-head battle | TV ratings - 26-27 September

29 September 2014 4:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC contest attracts 6.5m viewers on Friday and 8.1m on Saturday, while ITV show pulls in 5.8m and 7.7m respectively

BBC1s Strictly Come Dancing maintained its ratings edge over ITVs The X Factor as the two talent shows went head to head on Friday and Saturday.

Strictly attracted 6.5 million viewers and a 28.5% audience share on Friday for a one-hour show broadcast from 9pm. In the same Friday slot The X Factor drew 5.8 million and 25.7%.

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- Jason Deans

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The X Factor climbs to 8.5m, Downton Abbey down to 7.7m

29 September 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor bounced back in the ratings on Sunday evening, overnight data reveals.

The ITV talent show's Boot Camp stage rose by around 200,000 viewers from last Sunday to 8.50 million (35.4%) on average at 8pm, with an added 467k (2.0%) watching on +1.

Downton Abbey dropped around 400k from last week's opener to 7.71m (33.5%) at 9pm (378k/2.5% on +1). Earlier, Sunday Night at the Palladium entertained 4.13m (21.0%) at 7pm (147k/0.6%).

On BBC One, Countryfile appealed to 5.32m (26.7%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 4.68m (19.5%) at 8pm. Lacey Turner's Our Girl continued with 3.73m (16.0%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Ryder Cup coverage scored 1.86m (8.0%) at 7.30pm, while a repeat of Mock the Week amused 985k (4.4%) at 9.30pm.

On Channel 4, Operation Maneater was seen by 644k (2.7%) at 8pm, followed by movie Magic Mike with 868k (4.7%) at 9pm (179k/1.7%).

Channel 5's broadcast of Gone in 60 Seconds thrilled 777k (4.2%) at 9pm (144k/1.3%).

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'Downton Abbey' U.K. Ratings Drop for Second Episode of Season 5

29 September 2014 12:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The second episode of season five of Downton Abbey on Britain's ITV drew an average audience of 8.1 million Sunday night. That ranked the show just behind the network's The X Factor with Simon Cowell, the night's most watched show in Britain, but was down sharply from the equivalent episode last year. The second episode of the last season had drawn 1.5 million more viewers, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. The Downton audience compared to last weekend's 8.4 million average audience for the season debut, which marked the show's lowest season start since its first-season launch

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- Georg Szalai

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Youve Been Framed! review the show that never fails to deliver

28 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A man on a wobbly chair hangs balloons over a buffet, and starts to topple ... humour like this is universal and irresistible

The phrase golden age of television, with its implication that were living with some of the finest, if not the finest, TV shows ever made, is becoming worn out through overuse. The idea has been endlessly discussed over the past few years, though producers continue to come up with outstanding cinematic long-form stories that make a strong case for the medium outshining film. I believe that on the whole, television is absolutely better than movies at the moment if were talking about big-budget HBO dramas and smart BBC2 thrillers and binge-watched Netflix originals that keep you hooked on a story that is 13 hours long.

Still, that means television will inevitably encounter some of the problems that its older sibling has come across, and the weekend schedules are a perfect example. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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X Factor's Lauren Platt: 'I nearly landed EastEnders role'

28 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor's Lauren Platt has revealed that she nearly landed a part in EastEnders.

The 16-year-old contestant made it to the final five for the part of Louise Mitchell, but lost out to her best friend.

X Factor's Top 6 Groups revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

X Factor's Top 6 Overs revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Platt said: "I auditioned for Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, but my best friend got it. I think I got down to the final five. She was so right for the part, it's unreal!"

The singer, who has made it through to the Judges' Houses stage so far, added that her experience losing the EastEnders part has made her a gracious contestant.

"You learn to be happy for other people," Platt said. "If I didn't get through Judges' Houses, I'd never walk away feeling bitter towards the other contestants. »

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X Factor's Stevi Ritchie: 'I've been flirting with Helen Fulthorpe'

28 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stevi Ritchie has admitted that there has been some X Factor flirting behind the scenes.

The call centre employee has said that he has been flirting with fellow contestant Helen Fulthorpe during the Judges' Houses stage.

X Factor's Top 6 Groups revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

X Factor's Top 6 Overs revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

"There has been some flirtation going on between me and Helen," he said. "She isn't married and we both have children.

"It's some friendly flirting."

Both Fulthorpe and Ritchie join Simon Cowell in Los Angeles for the next round of the competition, alongside Lizzy Pattinson, Jay James, Fleur East and Ben Haenow.

The X Factor continues on Friday (October 3) at 9pm on ITV. »

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X Factor: Lizzy and Raign battle it out in secret sing-off

28 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor's Lizzy Pattinson and Raign Rabin have performed a secret sing-off.

Their performances weren't broadcast on the ITV show, but exclusive footage was revealed on ITV2's The Xtra Factor.

X Factor's Top 6 Overs revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Pattinson and Rabin were challenged by Simon Cowell to sing a capella and fight for their place in the competition.

After the pair performed, Cowell deliberated and ultimately said: "Raign, you've got the better recording voice."

oh - @TheXFactor: they didn't show This bit earlier -Simon requested a sing-off between Lizzy and Raign. #XtraFactor pic.twitter.com/143r35C9Bx

— Michael Cragg (@MichaelCragg) September 28, 2014

He then went on to say that the audience were more supportive of Lizzy. The judge then chose to save Lizzy's seat, knocking Raign out of the competition.

Cowell's full team of Over 25s includes Fleur East, Helen Fulthorpe, Ben Haenow, »

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The X Factor: Who made it through to Judges' Houses?

28 September 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

24 X Factor hopefuls have made it through to the Judges' Houses stage.

Six acts will now compete for three spots in each of the Girls, Boys, Groups and Over 25 categories in exotic locations around the world.

X Factor's Top 6 Girls revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Flying out to Nice to compete for a place in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's Girls category are Lola Saunders, Lauren Platt, Kerrianne Covell, Chloe Jasmine, Emily Middlemas and Stephanie Nala.

The acts fighting for a spot in Mel B's Boys group are Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden, Jordan Morris, Paul Akister, Danny Dearden and Jack Walton. They all head out to Cancun.

X Factor's Top 6 Boys revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Louis Walsh flies the Group hopefuls out to Bermuda, with Only The Young, Blonde Electric, New Boy Band, New Girl Group, Concept and The Brooks competing for their place in the live shows. »

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The X Factor: Who made it through to Judges' Houses?

28 September 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

24 X Factor hopefuls have made it through to the Judges' Houses stage.

Six acts will now compete for three spots in each of the Girls, Boys, Groups and Over 25 categories in exotic locations around the world.

X Factor's Top 6 Girls revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Flying out to Nice to compete for a place in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's Girls category are Lola Saunders, Lauren Platt, Kerrianne Covell, Chloe Jasmine, Emily Middlemas and Stephanie Nala.

The acts fighting for a spot in Mel B's Boys group are Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden, Jordan Morris, Paul Akister, Danny Dearden and Jack Walton. They all head out to Cancun.

X Factor's Top 6 Boys revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

Louis Walsh flies the Group hopefuls out to Bermuda, with Only The Young, Blonde Electric, New Boy Band, New Girl Group, Concept and The Brooks competing for their place in the live shows. »

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X Factor's Top 6 Groups revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

28 September 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it was something of a tortuous process, to put it mildly, but Louis Walsh has finally managed to name his Top 6 Groups on The X Factor.

But only three of them can make it through to the Live Shows, and we think Louis is probably going to need some help picking. So that's where you come in – let us know who you want to see progress past Judges' Houses!

Here's a quick reminder of the Top 6 groups:

1. The Brooks

The Young Ones

15-year-old twins The Brooks from Cardiff – Kyle and Josh, fact fans – are certainly very sweet. But they've not had an awful lot of screen time, so will that count against them?

2. Blonde Electric

The Divisive Ones

Blonde Electric are very much the Marmite of the Groups this year. Having been described as a female Jedward, it's definitely a love-or-hate situation. Louis nearly sent them home, before realising »

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X Factor's Top 6 Overs revealed: Who should make the Live Shows?

28 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Even he found it difficult, but while he might wish he could start the whole thing all over again, Simon Cowell has finally named his Top 6 Boys.

But now we want to know who you think should make it through to the Live Shows, so imagine you're Sinitta at the Judges' Houses (if you don't already) and let us know which three you would put through.

Here's a reminder of Simon Cowell's top six picks:

1. Jay James

The Ex-Navy One

Jay James won over all the judges with his Navy background and his adorable daughter when he tried out in the Room auditions. He even made Mel B cry when he sang 'Say Something', and then he blazed through 'Fix You' in the arenas. But with rumblings that he's already had a record deal, will he be worth the controversy?

2. Ben Haenow

The Van Driver One

For one thing, »

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Fall TV Ratings: Broadcast Nets Relieved As Viewers Show Up for Big Premieres

28 September 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

What have we learned so far?

One week into the 2014-15 television season, according to Nielsen’s official game clock, the biggest headline for the broadcast nets is that they’ve been able to generate solid sampling for high-priority new shows such as Fox’s “Gotham,” CBS’ “Scorpion,” NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” and ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The fact that people showed up for the big premieres (so far) is a relief for the Big Four nets, even as execs take decisive steps this year to adjust to the new realities of programming in the on-demand era.

More than half of the fall’s lineup of new shows — including most of the comedies — have yet to bow, but some early storylines and bigger-picture themes are starting to emerge after opening five days of the television season.

Among the key takeaways and questions as week »

- Rick Kissell

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