X Factor 2016's top girls enjoy beach party at judges' houses

The X Factor 2016 girls

The X Factor 2016's top seven girls enjoyed a beach party in Malibu at judges' houses.

Saturday evening saw Simon Cowell in charge of the girls category for the very first time.

The six chair challenge at Wembley Arena saw LOTS of drama and plenty of tears, both of joy and of sadness.

There were some surprise choices with Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne outraged when Simon sent home Samantha Lavery in one particularly controversial decision.

The X Factor 2016 girls
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The X Factor 2016 girls
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Once all was said and done, Kayleigh Marie Morgan, Caitlyn Vanbeck, Soheila Clifford, Gifty Louise Agyeman, Emily Middlemas and Olivia Garcia had a seat and are now through to judges' houses.

And after all the hoo-ha, they're joined by Samantha in the next stage after she was chosen as the Girls category wild card by Louis Walsh.

Samantha said: “I had no idea about the wildcard and couldn’t believe it when I got the call from Louis. I still can’t believe it’s real.

"There were so many tears from me and my family – especially my grandad when I found out I was back in the competition. I feel like I have been given a second chance to prove to Simon I deserve to go to the lives.”

All seven girls flew out to America earlier this year with Simon and his guest judges Mel B and Emma Bunton.

The X Factor 2016 girls
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They'll be seen singing for a place in the live shows this weekend but only three of them will make the cut.

Who's your favourite in the category? Tell us in the comments below...

The X Factor 2016 girls
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Find out who gets through to the LIVE SHOWS during the judges' houses when The X Factor continues on ITV Saturday 1st October at 8pm and Sunday 2nd October at 7.30pm.

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