X Factor 2014 final 12: First finalists revealed - meet the Groups!

First live show X Factor 2014 contestants confirmed

Final three groups

The first of the X Factor 2014 UK final 12 have been revealed with the Group finalists confirmed.

Tonight we saw Louis Walsh whittle down the six acts in the Groups category to just three who will progress through to the live shows.

All six of the judges' houses finalists in the Groups sung for Louis and guest mentor Tulisa before he delivered the tough verdicts.

Concept, The Brooks and the new Girl Band were sent home in some teary exits.

But it means that Only The Young, Blonde Electric and the new Boy Band are in the live shows and are X Factor 2014 finalists!.

Louis told Blonde Electra (formerly Blonde Electric): "I love your energy, your positivity, you're quirky and different, but you're not the best singers in the world. I'm taking a really big chance putting you through to the live shows."

The Irish music mogul said to Only The Young: "We loved your first audition, we've found something different, you're nice but we're looking for something with a bit of an edge, I'm not sure Only The Young have enough edge... you're going to have to work harder."

Finally, Louis told the new Boy Band: "Something troubles me, an eight piece boy band has never happened before. We need fans to connect to everyone in the band, it could be too many people.

"After much deliberation I've made my decision, it's not good news... it's GREAT NEWS!"

The trio of acts will be joined by nine others as the results of the other judges' houses are revealed on Saturday and Sunday night.

BUT THERE'S MORE!

Sunday night is set to see a special X Factor 2014 wild card twist, which will end with each category getting an extra act.

The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday on ITV with the live shows starting next weekend.

Browse pictures of tonight's judges' houses results here...

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