PICTURES! See X Factor's Girls performing at judges' houses

The girls sing for a place in judges' houses on The X Factor 2016 tonight.

Last Saturday evening saw Simon Cowell given the category to mentor this year, for the very first time.

Following bootcamp, Simon first had 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.”

Tonight, the girls fly out to Malibu with Simon and his guest judges Mel B and Emma Bunton.

> X Factor 2016 SPOILERS! Judges' houses song choices revealed

One by one, each girl will sing for Simon and the two Spice Girls as they bid for a spot in the live shows.

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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