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X Factor 2017 six chair challenge: How it works and all you need to know

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With the auditions done and bootcamp now over it's onto the next stage of The X Factor 2017... the six chair challenge.

When is The X Factor on next?

The first episode of the Six Chair Challenge follow the end of bootcamp which concluded yesterday evening, October 7, at 7:45PM on ITV.

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The X Factor six chair challenge will start TONIGHT Sunday night, October 8, on ITV from 7:30PM.

Six Chair challenge will then continue for a further two episodes next Saturday (8:15PM-10:15PM) and Sunday (7PM-9PM).

What are the judges' categories?

This series, Simon has got the Groups, Nicole has the Overs, Sharon returns to the show with the Girls and Louis is back with the Boys.

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They got their categories just before the six chair challenge began filming and will be in sole charge of deciding who makes judges' houses with them.

How does Six Chair Challenge work?

Performances will take place at Wembley Arena with six chairs on the stage representing the spots at judges' houses.

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The acts in each category will perform once, one after the other, for all the judges and a live audience having picked what they hoe is a killer song to get them through.

All the judges will comment - and you can be sure the audience will make their opinion known - but it'll be the mentor of that category who alone decides whether to give an act a seat or to send them home there and then.

However, even those given seats aren't necessarily safe. The mentors can chose to swap those in a seat out for another act if they feel others performed better.

Only once all the acts in the category have performed are the six in the seats finalised, with those lucky acts left sitting down through to the next round.

Meanwhile, in a new twist for 2017, the mentor in charge of the performing category will sit on their own away from the other judges.

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What happens next?

Each category will then go their separate ways with their mentor for judges' houses.

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Nicole will be taking the Overs to South Africa, Simon will fly the Groups to America, where Sharon and the Girls will also be going and finally Louis will host the Boys in Turkey.

At judges' houses the acts in each category will be whittled down even further to give the finalists for the live shows.

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