X Factor 2016: Mel B AND Emma Button join Simon Cowell for judges' houses

Emma and Mel B

Mel B AND Emma Button will join Simon Cowell at X Factor's judges' houses this year.

The former Spice Girls are set to help out Simon in America later this month, replacing Cheryl who was linked to the role recently.

Mel was already reported to have been signed up following her recent stint as a guest judge during the auditions, standing in for Nicole Scherzinger.

"Simon is hungrier than ever to win and wants Mel’s caustic and honest advice to spice up the ITV series," a source said told The Sun newspaper. “She knows exactly what it takes to cut it in the business too. Simon is confident he’s got the winning formula.”

Now it's been revealed that Emma will join the pair.

"There's another surprise in store for viewers," an insider told the Daily Star today. "Emma will be flying out to help too."

Simon will be the last of the judges to film his judges' houses after Sharon Osbourne picked her top acts last week with the help of Robbie Williams in LA.

Earlier this month, Nicole Scherzinger was in the South of France with music and producer DJ Calvin Harris as she selected her finalists for the live shows.

And back in August, Alesha Dixon joined Louis Walsh in Ibiza. Alesha said: "Louis is crazy, we had such a laugh, I tried to advise him but I take no responsibility for the choices he made!"

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The X Factor judges' houses will air later this year on ITV in October time.

Before that we've got the last of the auditions this weekend before boot camp begins with a bumper long episode on Sunday evening.

Those that survive this week will go on to the six chair challenge to compete for a place in judges' houses.

And don't forget all new Xtra Factor LIVE which airs straight after on ITV2, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

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