X Factor UK Season 9: Judges’ Houses Part 1

TOP 25 perform for the 4 mentors and 4 guest judges. Check out the song list!

Ahhh. We made it this far. Time to visit the homes of Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. Well, not real homes. Tulisa doesn’t own any properties in St. Lucia or Greece (last year’s location). Gary Barlow also doesn’t own Boughton House in Northamptonshire. And Nicole Scherzinger doesn’t own that luxurious resort in Dubai. Irishman Louis Walsh usually invites his acts to Ireland for this stage of the competition, but not to his real home. This year, Louis and his groups jetted off to Las Vegas, USA.

This year’s guest judges are: Tinie Tempah (Tulisa), Ne-Yo (Nicole Scherzinger), Cheryl Cole (Gary Barlow) and Sharon Osbourne (Louis Walsh). Yes, Queen Cheryl is back, if only for one episode! I expect Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne to be hilarious together. Sharon used to be a judge on X Factor UK. She, Simon and Louis were the original trio. She quit after season 4 because Simon expanded the panel to 4 judges and hired Dannii Minogue in season 4. Does that sound like a familiar scenario?

Mentor: Tulisa
Guest judge: Tinie Tempah
Location: St. Lucia
Acts: Ella Henderson, Amy Mottram, Jade Collins, Lucy Spraggan, Leanne Robinson, Jade Ellis

Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger
Guest judge: Ne-Yo
Location: Dubai
Acts: James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Nathan Fagan-Gayle, Adam Burridge, Rylan Clark, Jake Quickenden

Mentor: Gary Barlow
Guest judge: Cheryl Cole
Location: Boughton House, Northamptonshire, England
Acts: Kye Sones, Melanie Masson, Nicola Marie, Brad Shackleton, Carolynne Poole, Christopher Maloney

Mentor: Louis Walsh
Guest judge: Sharon Osbourne
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Acts: Mitsotu, Duke, MK1, Poisonous Twins, GMD3, Union J (Triple J + George Shelley), Times Red, Rough Copy

Pictures from judges’ houses round: TOP 25, girls perform, boys perform, groups perform, overs perform, TOP 25 meet their mentors

Digital Spy posted tonight’s songlist:

James Arthur – ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt

Nathan Fagan-Gayle – ‘Beautiful Monster’ by Ne-Yo
Adam Burridge – ‘SOS’ by Abba

Jake Quickenden – ‘Back for Good’ by Take That

Rylan Clark – ‘We Found Love’ by Rihanna/feat. Calvin Harris

Jahmene Douglas – ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta/feat. Sia

Times Red – ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’/‘Let’s Get It Started’

Mitsotu – ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast
MK1 – ‘Just Be Good To Me’ by Professor Green/feat. Lily Allen

Union J – ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen

Poisonous Twin – ‘Freak Like Me’ by Sugababes
Duke – ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ by Michael Jackson
GMD3 – ‘Bless the Broken Road’ by Rascal Flatts

Jade Ellis – ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E King

Amy Mottram – ‘Read All About It’ by Emeli Sandé

Leanne Robinson – ‘Hurt’ by Christina Aquilera
Jade Collins – ‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette

Lucy Spraggan – ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston

Ella Henderson – ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz

Carolynne Poole – ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ by Ronan Keating

Nicola Marie – ‘Tragedy’ by Steps

Brad Shackleton – ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe
Melanie Masson – ‘Everytime You Go Away’ by Paul Young

Kye Sones – ‘Payphone’ by Maroon 5/feat. Wiz Khalifa

Chris Maloney – ‘All Out of Love’ by Jagged Edge (Westlife & Delta Goodrem cover)

If you are not familiar with some of the songs, click on the links and listen to the originals. ABBA, Steps?! Before I found this songlist, some showbiz insider commented on Twitter that we can expect another great performance from Ella Henderson. Lucy Spraggan will struggle tonight with Whitney’s signature song. Yikes. Will she make the live shows without one decent performance of someone else’s song?

Groups: Based on the performances and Louis’ and Sharon’s comments, I think GMD3, Union J, MK1 and Times Red are TOP 3 + wildcard candidates.

Boys: Uhh, I don’t like this category. Like, at all. Who is getting through? James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Adam Burridge and Rylan Clark. I think Rylan will make the live shows and Adam will be a wildcard.

Girls: Lucy struggled with “I Will Always Love You”. Tulisa will probably still put her through. Ella Henderson is a lock. Jade Ellis and Amy are also contenders, I think.

Overs: Melanie Masson is 100% though to the live shows. Other three contenders: Carolynne Poole, Kye Sones and Christopher Maloney.

Those acts that had interviews mixed with their performances are definitely not getting through.

According to TV Guide, tonight’s show airs at 8:00pm BST (3:00pm EDT, 12:00pm PDT) on ITV1 (110min). The Xtra Factor airs at 9:50pm BST (60min) on ITV2.

Where to watch the show? If you are in the UK or can get UK IP, watch on ITV.com. Possible alternatives: TV Nutters, TVPC.com.

Please post working live feed links in the comments section below as you find them!

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