Thursday 27 April 2017

Irish singer Janet Grogan survives Six Chair challenge and lands place on Sharon Osbourne's team

Janet Grogan on X Factor 2016
Janet Grogan on X Factor 2016
Janet Grogan during the audition stage for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor
Janet Grogan during the six chair challenge for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Picture: Syco/Thames/Dymond/PA Wire
Janet Grogan on X Factor 2016
Janet Grogan on X Factor 2014
Sharon Osbourne with her final 6 of the Over 25s (left to right) Janet Grogan, Ivy Grace Paredes, Samantha Atkinson, Christopher Peyton, Relley C and James Wilson during the six chair challenge for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Picture: Syco/Thames/Dymond/PA Wire
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Irish singer Janet Grogan survived X Factor's brutal Six Chair challenge for a place at judges houses.

The Dubliner, who first appeared on the show in 2014 and lost out on a spot at mentor Simon Cowell's house at the time, is back and bringing her A-game this time around.

Cowell said after the episode aired it was a "mistake" sending the xxx native home.

At 28, she's now in the Over 25s category being mentored by Sharon Osbourne who selected her for the next round as she gets closer to a place in the final thanks to her rendition of One Last Time by Ariana Grande.

Sunday night's episode caused chaos as judges Osbourne and Louis Walsh tried to whittle down their categories.

Walsh caused dropped a girl band at the last minute after already sending them home once.

The second night of the most brutal stage of the competition saw three girl groups, 4 of Diamonds, Girl Next Door and Skarl3t vie for hotly-contested seats and a chance to compete at judges' houses as Walsh agonised over who to send home.

The ruthless challenge means those who are given a seat must anxiously wait as they face being replaced by another singer if the judge thinks the latter is more deserving of it.

Sharon Osbourne with her final 6 of the Over 25s (left to right) Janet Grogan, Ivy Grace Paredes, Samantha Atkinson, Christopher Peyton, Relley C and James Wilson during the six chair challenge for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Picture: Syco/Thames/Dymond/PA Wire
Sharon Osbourne with her final 6 of the Over 25s (left to right) Janet Grogan, Ivy Grace Paredes, Samantha Atkinson, Christopher Peyton, Relley C and James Wilson during the six chair challenge for the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Picture: Syco/Thames/Dymond/PA Wire

Both Walsh and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne narrowed down the acts in their categories - the groups and the over 25s respectively - to six during the episode, after Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger put their contestants through the process on Saturday.

Walsh initially refused to give Girl Next Door a chair in the challenge and sent them home, but after deafening boos from the crowd and loud chants of "Bring them back", Walsh summoned them back to take the seat he had already given to boy band No Getaway.

Just minutes later the girls were ousted again when urban trio Skarl3t performed an impressive rendition of Jessie J's Bang Bang.

After lining up Girl Next Door, Skarl3t and another girl group, 4 of Diamonds, to whom he had already awarded a seat, Walsh once again sent Girl Next Door hone.

Janet Grogan on X Factor 2014
Janet Grogan on X Factor 2014

Those were not the only comings and goings in the tumultuous show - novelty duo Ottavio and Bradley were awarded a seat after performing Kelis's hit Milkshake, but were sent packing to make room for boy band Yes Lad.

After lobbying from Osbourne and Scherzinger, who told him his category needed "spice", Walsh called the boys back to reclaim their seat from the crushed members of Yes Lad.

Walsh struggled so much with his decision that Osbourne lost patience, telling him: "Do it. Louis, come on."

After Walsh settled on his line-up, made up of boy band 5am, Skarl3t, 4 of Diamonds, twin brothers The Brooks, Ottavio and Bradley and couple Tom and Laura, Cowell told host Dermot O'Leary: "It was chaos, I thought it was bad two years ago, but this was worse."

Janet Grogan on X Factor 2016
Janet Grogan on X Factor 2016

However, he confessed to being impressed by his chosen acts, saying: "This category, I wasn't sure about it. But now this could be the best category."

Osbourne also struggled with her decisions when assembling the over-25s who will go through to judges' houses.

Osbourne disappointed Italian campaign co-ordinator Marianna Zappi, 34, who was only in her seat for a matter of minutes after displacing James Craise, 29, only to lose her seat to Ivy Grace Paredes, 33, who followed her on stage.

Russian model Irina Dedyuk, 28, delighted Cowell when her performance of Jessie J's Mama Knows Best involved her whipping off the bottom half of her dress to reveal a much skimpier number.

Her moves earned her a seat but her joy was short lived and Dedyuk quickly had to surrender her chair to Grogan.

Grogan joins Paredes, American singer Christopher Peyton, 46, Relley C, 26, James Wilson, 34, and Samantha Atkinson, 32, in Osbourne's category.

:: The X Factor continues on ITV on Saturday at 8pm.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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