Are 4th Impact the best group to ever audition for The X Factor?

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With The X Factor 2016's groups lacking, we've taken a look back at the best from the show's past.

So far this year the auditions have seen barely enough acts in the Groups category to even fill the Six Chair Challenge, which should at least make it easy for whoever is mentoring them (*cough* Louis Walsh)

While there's the potential in some acts, none of them have really compared to the best first auditions we've seen from groups over the years.

Here we rank the BEST group auditions from The X Factor (in our view, obvs)

4th Impact

4th Impact - then called 4th Power - stormed the auditions back in 2015 and their powerful rendition of Bang Bang will go down in X Factor history. To date it’s been watched 60 MILLION times, making the show’s second most watched audition EVER.



Back when auditions didn't include any backing dancers, audience or even music, JLS' a capella audition was the start of an amazing journey for the guys.


The First Kings

The First Kings REALLY put everything into their first audition, complete with a VT and backing dancers. It was certainly one hell of an audition but the group didn't manage to replicate it and failed to make the live shows.


Only The Young

There are very, very, very, very few mixed groups to have appeared on The X Factor and Only The Young were perhaps the best. While they did release a single after the show, unfortunately they’ve since split up.


Rough Copy

Trio Rough Copy certainly entertained in their first audition to get four well earned yeses, and the flirting with Rita Ora and Tulisa probably didn't do any harm.


Times Red

Times Red put quite the spin on Amy Winehouse's Rehab cover as they beatboxed their way through to the next round. Unfortunately the trio were beaten into the live shows by Christopher Maloney after a wild card vote.


Same Difference

Brother and sister duo Same Difference remind us of a more simpler, innocent time on The X Factor.. back when even so-called novelty acts actually had a lot of talent.


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