X Factor 2016 gets brand new wild card twist at six chair challenge

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The X Factor 2016 is reportedly set to add a brand new twist to this year's show.

The new series of The X Factor kicks off on Saturday night and will see FOUR wild cards picked by the judges.

But unlike past wild cards, they'll be chosen at the six chair challenge rather than at the live show stage.

As usual the six chair challenge will see each mentor whittle down the acts in their category to just six for judges' houses.

A seventh wild card act will then apparently be added to each line up - but chosen by ANOTHER judge.

Supposedly, Nicole will pick a wild card act for Sharon, Simon will choose one for Nicole, Louis will select one for Simon and Sharon will pick an act for Louis.

A show source told the Daily Mirror newspaper this weekend: “We love adding new twists and it was felt that introducing wildcard acts earlier in the series would liven things up and make the show edgier.

"The fixed-chair challenge is hard enough but now there’s been scope for a bit of tactical game-playing, with each judge picking an extra act for a rival. It’s already caused a few fireworks.”

While it means a second chance for four acts which isn't a bad thing, at the same time we're not sure we totally see the point.

After all, if a judge has already said no to an act at the six chair challenge, are they likely to suddenly change their mind at judges' houses?

We guess we'll have to wait and see!

The X Factor 2016 starts on Saturday, August 27 at 8PM on ITV.

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