We have the TOP 12.
The heavily guarded secret leaked. It looks like The Daily Star accidentally posted the TOP 12 or something, because the cached version of the article is still around. The article states that the 12 acts are the TOP 12 and the article includes the pictures from the glam photo shoot.
– GIRLS: Lauren Platt, Stephanie Nala, Chloe Jasmine
– BOYS: Andrea Faustini, Paul Akister, Jake Quickenden
– OVERS: Jay James, Ben Heanow, Fleur East
– GROUPS: THE NEW BOYBAND, Only The Young, Blonde Electric
Also, the first live show next Saturday will last nearly 3 hours, because there will be 16 acts performing. Each judge will get to pick a wildcard, but for another category: Cheryl will pick a boy, Mel B a group, Louis an over and Simon a girl. All rumors so far point to boyband OVERLOAD being the wildcard from the groups category and they didn’t even make it to the judges’ houses. The boy wildcard is likely Jack Walton. No news about wildcards for the other two categories, but considering St. Louis, the patron of all joke acts, is picking an over, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Stevi Ritchie. Also, Kerrianne Covell and Emily Middlemas apparently booked some gigs for later this month, so maybe Lola Saunders is the girl wildcard? Kerianne Covell is doing an interactive concert with Bre Musiq (who was also on XF and failed to secure one of Mel B’s chairs) next week on October 8th. I think she is definitely out.
Judges’ houses episodes air this weekend: groups tonight (9pm London time), boys and overs on Saturday and girls on Sunday. Also, producer Mark Sidaway promised a surprise for Sunday (wildcards, I bet).
So…. Friday Lou Lou’s Groups. Saturday Mel’s Boys and Simons Over 25s, Sunday Cheryl’s Girls and a surprise…..
— Mark Sidaway (@marksidaway) October 2, 2014