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X Factor bosses introduce 'Golden X' into its six chair challenge like Britain's Got Talent's 'Golden Buzzer'

Posted in 02 August 2018

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One person per group will be guaranteed a seat and head to judges' houses, which was revealed at today's first six chair challenge.

X FACTOR's brutal Six Chair Challenge always felt like a bit of a step too far when it came to building tension on the talent show.

The stage sees the contestants whittled down mercilessly to just six per category, and normally leads to heartbreak and tears.

But for one person per group things will get a little less stressful as bosses have introduced a Britain's Got Talent style 'Golden X' button which sees them guarantee a seat and head to judges' houses.

A show source said: "This year each of our judges has one Guaranteed Safe Seat to give away in this round.

"If the judge likes an act enough and they definitely want to see them at judges houses they'll press this golden X and give that act a Safe Seat.

"This means the act cannot be swapped out of their chair and they'll go straight through to judges houses."

The move was unveiled at today's first Six Chair Challenge filming session at Wembley Arena by judges SIMON COWELL, AYDA FIELD, ROBBIE WILLIAMS and LOUIS TOMLINSON.

And I can also reveal which categories the four-strong judging panel will be looking after this year.