The X Factor 2017 judges’ houses kicks off this weekend and host Dermot O’Leary has been spilling all.
Tonight and Sunday the remaining 24 acts in the competition will sing for 12 places in the live shows.
This year the Boys will jet off to Istanbul to perform for Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell invites the Groups to the South of France, the Girls fly out to San Francisco to sing for Sharon Osbourne and the Overs category travels to South Africa hoping to impress Nicole Scherzinger.
With crucial decisions to be made, each judge has help at hand from guest judges who know all about what it takes to make it in the industry – Simon reunites with former X Factor judge and singer Cheryl, Nicole is aided by Mobo award-winning, BRIT nominated and man of the moment, grime artist, Stormzy.
Meanwhile, Sharon makes it a family affair with son Jack and daughter Kelly; and Louis is joined by Brit Award winner and Grammy nominated singer songwriter Mika.
As ever, X Factor host Dermot O’Leary will be on hand to congratulate the lucky three, and console those who fall at the final hurdle.
And he’s been revealing what went down during filming, telling heat magazine how he lost Louis Walsh on a night out in Istanbul, saying the Irish music mogul “loved” the city.
Teasing the ‘real’ Simon Cowell, Dermot went on: “When he’s off duty and sat smoking and drinking, he’s very infectious to be around. He’s interested in people, so he likes a good chat and he’s just fun to be with. He’s not the Simon Cowell people think he is.”
On his relationship with guest judge Cheryl, Simon added: “They are friends again and it’s good to have her back.”
As for Nicole and Stormzy in South Africa, Dermot told how the group ended up having their safari truck stormed by elephants – before a boozy celebration after filming.
“Nicole can drink everyone under the table. I don’t know how she does it,” he said.
Find out who makes The X Factor 2017 live shows this weekend.
The X Factor 2017 judges’ houses airs Saturday at 8:20PM and Sunday at 7PM on ITV.