X Factor live shows start on ITV1 on Saturday 6th October and bosses have told the judges to each choose an act that they would like to see return to the show.

Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh have each picked their final three acts. The four acts will go up against each other in a public vote and the winner getting to perform with the other finalists the following week. This will leave one judge with an extra act.

“We like to add new twists to the show every year and this time the public get to choose an act to be added to the competition. With the standard so high this year, the judges had a tough time choosing their three, so this gives another amazing act the chance to perform on the X Factor stage.” a source close to the show has confirmed.

The four wildcards are: Christopher Maloney (Overs); Adam Burridge (Boys); Amy Mottram (Girls); and Times Red(Groups).

On Liverpool’s Christopher Maloney, Gary Barlow says: “I’m so relieved we’ve got a wildcard because I agonised over Christopher. Telling him ‘no’ was awful.”

Nicole Scherzinger on her pick, Adam Burridge says: “As well as being a talented singer songwriter the guy is so cute and the girls will adore him!”

On Essex girl Amy Mottram, Tulisa says: “Amy is so talented and one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. She is such a good soul and she honestly deserves this.”

Louis Walsh on his choice of group, Times Red says: “There is something different about this group. We have two young boybands so these guys will appeal to older girls.”

You can vote for the wildcard you’d like to see perform on Saturday’s first Live Show by clicking HERE. Lines are now open and close at midday on Saturday 6 October. Dermot O’Leary will announce who has won the public vote at the beginning of Saturday’s show which begins on ITV1 at 8pm.


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