XFactor 2014 preview: Watch Paul Akister at judges' houses

Here's a first look at tonight's X Factor 2014 as Paul Akister sings for a spot in the live shows.

Paul belts out Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water in a bid to make it through to Mel B's final three Boys.

Mel and her guest mentor Emma Bunton then have the tough challenge of whittling down the Groups to just three acts as the remaining 24 acts left in the competition become 12.

Paul, who got a no at judges' houses last year, tells host Dermot O'Leary: "I don't want to go back home and tell my mum and dad I've got a no. I don't want to do that again."

While Mel and the Boys are in Bermuda, Simon Cowell invites the Over 25s category to his home in Los Angeles and the Girls will sing for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in Nice.

As ever, X Factor host Dermot O’Leary will be on hand to congratulate the lucky three, and console those that fall at the final hurdle.

Last night we saw the first of the X Factor 2014 final 12 confirmed as Louis Walsh chose his top three groups, picking Only The Young, Blonde Electra and the New Boy Band.

The X Factor airs tonight at 8PM and continues tomorrow night with the final instalment of judges houses on ITV.

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