The X Factor 2017: Sharon Osbourne is still cautious about mentoring the Girls

Mentor being careful to "nurture" her acts, but praises "mature" Holly Tandy and Rai-Elle

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Sharon Osbourne has admitted that she’s still treading carefully with her acts on The X Factor 2017 after getting the category she wanted the least – the Girls.

Before the Girls were assigned to her at the end of Bootcamp, Sharon was clear that she’d have preferred not to work with them.


“They’re too young and I’m too upfront. I don’t wanna hurt anyone,” she remarked.

The mentor has since selected her top three hopefuls – Grace Davies, Holly Tandy and Rai-Elle Williams.

Although the trio survived the brutal Six Chair Challenge and Judges’ Houses rounds, Sharon remains cautious about how she’s treating them.

Speaking on The One Show last night, she explained: “I still feel exactly the same way. When somebody’s just sixteen, I can’t say to them ‘oh, shut up, get in there, come on woman’.

“They’re delicate, they need nurturing, and I just have to remember that all the time.”

Despite these comments, the music manager praised Holly and Rai-Elle – the youngest acts remaining in the competition – for their maturity.


“Actually, with Holly and Rai-Elle, who are both 16, I forget they’re 16 because they’re both so mature mentally,” she commented.

Sharon added that she’s excited for the looming live shows, smiling: “I love to go live every weekend.

“The audience, it’s like a party atmosphere, I love it.”

Although we know who Sharon’s chosen acts are, her team isn’t quite complete yet.

Each category will have a Wildcard, chosen by a public vote from the acts dumped at Judges’ Houses.


The results of the Wildcard vote won’t be officially be revealed until tomorrow night. If you’re desperate to know who’s back in, you can read spoiler rumours here.

The first X Factor live show of 2017 airs tomorrow at 8.20pm on ITV.

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