X Factor 2014: New fifth judge and 'wildcard' category!

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The X Factor 2014 is set to get another new, fifth judge for the live shows... and a new category for them to mentor.

Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Mel B kicked off auditions last month and will go into the live shows later this year mentoring - in no particular order - the Boys, Girls, Overs and Groups.

But - according to the Metro newspaper - a fifth 'wildcard' category will be introduced along with a brand new judge to mentor them for the finals.

The wild card category will be made up of a mix of acts from the other categories who failed to make it into the live finals in their original respective groups of budding performers.

"Simon Cowell is planning on including a wildcard category which will be mentored by a mystery fifth judge," an insider told the newspape today. "There was a creative meeting three weeks ago and plans are now being put into action."

According to the tabloid, favourites for the role include Rita Ora and Mary J Blige.

Both have appeared on the show in the past, but Rita has publicly ruled herself out of the show.

But the new fifth judge spot is a much reduced role compared to the other judges', having to only appear on the live finals and missing out on the room auditions, arena auditions, bootcamp and judges' houses stages.

This may mean that stars who couldn't commit to the full series could take up the spot.

The insider added: "A fifth judge will prevent the deadlock and add some spice to the panel during the live shows.

"Rita Ora and Mary J Blige are currently in discussions with show bosses."

The X Factor returns to ITV later this year.

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