The X Factor 2018 is back tonight with the Six Chair Challenge – and here are five performances to watch out for.
In the Six Chair Challenge, each act in the four categories will sing one after the other for their mentor, the other judges and a live arena audience.
They’re competing for one of six seats, which represent a spot at judges’ houses.
In tonight’s episode, it’s the Girls, mentored by Simon Cowell, and the Overs, led by Ayda Williams, who take to the spotlight.
25 year old session singer Shan wowed the panel with her cover of Never Enough at the auditions.
“Being at the six chair challenge truly means so much,” says Shan tonight. “My family have supported me for so many years and today I really want to step out there to make them proud. I’ve got one shot today.”
For that one shot, Shan sings Donny Hathaway’s A Song For You but will it get her a seat?
36 year old carpenter Ricky John faces the Six Chair Challenge in the Overs category tonight. “I know that I’m not going to get many more shots like this in life,” he says. “I need to go out there and really prove my worth and show what I can do.”
“I need to make my family proud, that’d be a dream for me,” he adds.
Ricky sings Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness for his chance to make it through.
19 year old hotel singer from Essex Bella Penfold says tonight: “Six chairs today I definitely have something to prove. It means so much to me of 19 years of getting no after no, after no. It’s finally someone going, here’s an opportunity, grab it and don’t let it go.”
Bella adds: “I want one of these chairs. If these chairs represent hard work, dedication, the willing to learn and potential then I think I deserve a seat.”
Bella sings Stormzy’s Blinded by Your Grace, pt 2 in her attempt to make the cut.
30 year old cleaner from Camberley Louise Setara impressed the judges at the audition with an original song.
“I’m nervous, I’m happy, I didn’t think I’d ever be here that I’d have the courage to come here,” she says ahead of tonight’s performance. “I need that chair, I need a chair.”
Louise sings in her bid to win a seat – but will mentor Ayda give her a chair?
20 year old make up artist Scarlett Lee got the Six Chair Challenge last year. “I was the first to sing, first to get a seat and then the last to be swapped,” she recalls.
“I haven’t got it in me to be knocked back again,” Scarlett declares defiantly tonight. “I want that chair more than anything in this whole planet. I need this and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get it.”
Scarlett sings Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece, announcing to Simon: “I’ve come back to prove to you and the whole nation that I am ready and I feel like I deserve one of those chairs to make my dreams come true.”
The X Factor 2018 airs tonight, Saturday September 29 at 8:35PM on ITV. The Six Chair Challenge continues Sunday at 8PM.