PICTURES! See the girls at X Factor 2016 judges' houses

Here's a first look at the girls at The X Factor 2016 judges' houses.

Saturday evening saw Simon in charge of the girls and given the very tough task of whittling them down to just six for judges' houses.

The six chair challenge at Wembley Arena saw LOTS of drama and plenty of tears, both of joy and of sadness.

There were some surprise choices with Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne outraged when Simon sent home Samantha Lavery in one particularly controversial decision.

Once all was said and done, Kayleigh Marie Morgan, Caitlyn Vanbeck, Soheila Clifford, Gifty Louise Agyeman, Emily Middlemas and Olivia Garcia had a seat and are now through to judges' houses.

And after all the hoo-ha, they're joined by Samantha in the next stage after she was chosen as the Girls category wild card by Louis Walsh.

Samantha said: “I had no idea about the wildcard and couldn’t believe it when I got the call from Louis. I still can’t believe it’s real.

"There were so many tears from me and my family – especially my grandad when I found out I was back in the competition. I feel like I have been given a second chance to prove to Simon I deserve to go to the lives.”

All seven girls will now be flying out to Malibu this weekend with Simon and his guest judges Mel B and Emma Bunton where they'll perform for one of three places in the live finals.

Find out who gets through to the LIVE SHOWS during the judges' houses when The X Factor continues on ITV Saturday 1st October at 8pm and Sunday 2nd October at 7.30pm.

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