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X Factor: Nick Grimshaw’s Boys fail spectacularly in six chair challenge


Manchester Auditions Day 2

Manchester Auditions Day 2

Manchester Auditions Day 2

It's a baptism of fire for new judge Nick Grimshaw on X Factor as his Boys category struggles to impress.

The Six Chair Challenge, a controversial new element introduced last year, sees judges fill six spots by giving performers a chair based on the strength of their performance.

Normally competition for the spots is fierce, with judges controversially awarding seats and then replacing them if a later act performs better.

However, it proved the undoing of Nick's category as the Radio 1 presenter struggled to fill the seats as the boys' weak performances failed to impress the Wembley audience.

After seven singers Nick had filled just two chairs.  He asked some acts to sing their songs again acapella in an effort to help them along, but not everyone rose to the challenge.

"It's disappointment after disappointment," said Rita Ora. "The crowd are getting really frustrated. Not only the crowd - I think we all are."

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini added, "I feel like everyone's getting the life sucked out of them. I'm sorry - it will get better."

She later added that she felt "anxiety" watching it unfold.

Simon Cowell has this year been allocated the over-25s in a public vote, while Cheryl, who had the girls last year, will be mentoring the groups. Rita Ora has been given the girls.

The vote was decided by fans of the ITV show in one of the latest twists for the 12th series.

Online Editors