The X Factor 2011: It's judges' houses! A taste of the drama (and singing!) to come...

Jennifer and Kelly

It's the first half of an X Factor judges' houses double bill tonight, and it's an epic two hour show packed full of performances. Now split into their four categories, the final 32 jet off around the world as the judges - and their helpers - decide who should make it to the live shows.

Only half of them will make into the X Factor final 16, and tonight is their last chance to prove they have what it takes.

It starts as the contestants get a taste of what could be, as they fly out business class to Miami, LA and Barcelona.

Unfortunately for the groups however, it's a case of an Easyjet package break to Greece. Joined by a hobbling Jessie J in Mykonos, Tulisa tells the groups: "It is time to get down to the nitty gritty, I honestly believe a group can win this year. No pressure, but don't let me down!"

Meanwhile Kelly Rowland puts on a speed boat to bring the girls to her beachside home in Miami, as the boys enjoy a first class flight to Hollywood.

Over in Spain, and Louis Walsh introduces Sinitta to his Overs: "I've probably got the most talked about category on The X Factor."


"I was hoping it would be Cilla Black," jokes Johnny Robinson.

While Sinitta is dressed rather normally this year, Robbie Williams takes inspiration from some of her past outfits as he steps out in LA. "I saw Sinitta in it and I was like, 'That’s what I need to do!'" he says.

With the introductions over, it's time for singing to commence, starting with the groups. 2 Shoes are our stand out of the day, who perform a unique take on Ke$ha's Tik Tok track, while Nu Vibe impress Jessie and Tulisa with Tinie Tempah's Written in the stars.

Next up it's the girls, with Amelia Lily wowing with a cover of Katy Perry's ET. "WOW!" says Jennifer Hudson, while Kelly adds: "Katy who?"

Last of the girls to perform is Janet Devlin, who reveals she's been dubbed "the biggest thing to come out of her hometown since sheep". She sings Beautiful, with no shoes on (they may her feet more grounded, she tells Kelly Rowland), and gets good marks with her effortless vocal.

It's then back to Europe, where in Spain Louis Walsh is putting the Overs through their paces - and there's only one performance we can't wait to see, as Goldie takes things to another level with a cover of J Lo's Get On The Floor.

Ending the show it's the boys, with tears from Luke Lucas and arguments between Gary and Robbie over John Wilding.

It's one heck of a show and it all starts at 7:30PM tonight on ITV1.

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