With Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger picking their six girls and boys respectively to go through to this year's Judges' Houses stage of The X Factor, we've decided to take a look at the 12 artists given the chance to make it through to the live shows and perform in front of millions each weekend, battling it out for a major recording contract.

Credit: ITV

Credit: ITV

The Girls

Soheila Clifford

Despite the 18-year-old sparking a show fix row due to a secret record deal she once had as part of a girl group with Simon Cowell, that didn't stop Soheila from impressing with her rendition of Ellie Goulding hit 'Love Me Like You Do' and claiming the first seat of six during last night's performances. She managed to hang on to her chair until the very end and sailed through to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition.

Kayleigh Marie Morgan

Welsh 19-year-old Kayleigh was the second contestant of the night to take to the stage and, like Soheila, managed to keep hold of her chair throughout the entire set of auditions. Singing Eva Cassidy's 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', she showcased her incredible range and had the audience on their feet. She's definitely going to be one to watch in the competition.

Caitlyn Vanbeck

It's easy to see and hear why Caitlyn is one of this year's favourites, as she manages to absolutely nail any song she takes on. Singing Andra Day's 'Rise Up' - one of Cowell's all-time favourite songs - she claimed a seat and sat firmly in it until the rest of her competitors had sang. Despite being accidentally whacked in the face by Cowell during celebrations, she'll move on to Judges' Houses and likely take a spot in the live shows later this year.

Gifty Louise

Making a triumphant return, Gifty revealed earlier this month that she had given up fizzy drinks to save her voice, as she feels they were having an adverse effect on her performances. Speaking to Lorraine Kelly she explained: "I just drink tea and honey and hot water. I need to." Taking on Gnarls Barkley tune 'Crazy', she turned the song on its head, took a big risk and smashed the track out of the park.

Emily Middlemas

Returning to The X Factor stage after being sent out of the competition in 2014 may have been the best decision Emily ever made. The Scottish hopeful was cut by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at Judges' Houses back in 2014 but is now determined to make the live shows, and she's just one step away from making that dream a reality.

Olivia Garcia

Though she was the last of the girls to perform, she was determined not to be forgotten and quickly impressed the panel with her very own rendition of Paloma Faith tune, 'Changing'. Described as "absolutely flawless" by Louis Walsh, Nicole was determined to "fight" Simon if he didn't give Olivia a seat - but it wasn't a battle she had to have, as Luena Martinez was forced out of the competition to make room for Olivia.

The Boys

James Hughes

After a few less-than-exciting performances, James Hughes managed to get the crowd on their feet with an energetic rendition of Tina Turner classic, 'Proud Mary'. Giving his all, he didn't just sing, but danced and jumped off the stage to sing in front of the judges. He doesn't have the best voice in the competition, but he certainly knows how to entertain.

Niall Sexton

Niall is an act that many may have been sleeping on, but he's definitely somebody who may be able to take this all the way. The Irish 22-year-old sang Scherzinger's own track 'Run', with the mentor mouthing the lyrics as Niall performed on stage. The audition was a huge success despite Cowell's Louis Hamilton jibe at Nicole, and Louis saying he preferred this version to Nicole's, and Niall took a chair and refused to let up.

Matt Terry

Matt was a little disappointing in the Six Chair Challenge, and when the night was coming to an end, he was forced to sing for his seat by mentor Nicole, to see if he was good enough to remain in the competition. Thankfully he smashed his second song, remained in his chair and will be performing at Judges' Houses.

Freddy Parker

Freddy is another one who was a little disappointing on the night with a strange song choice, but when told to go to the piano and sing a bit of Amy Winehouse, he left everybody starry-eyed. He's got a lot of potential but with a voice that only caters to certain songs, he's going to have to work harder than everybody else to survive the competition.

Nate Simpson

Nate's voice is beautiful and it's difficult to imagine this year's X Factor without him. He could do incredible things moving forward and I just hope that Nicole gives him the chance to shine moving ahead.

Christian Burrows

Honestly I personally wasn't impressed by Christian's performance during the Six Chair Challenge, but obviously it sounded better in the studio. At home, it sounded a little screechy and didn't do much for the audience watching, so hopefully he'll learn a little bit of control for his voice before performing at Judges' Houses.

The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge continues tonight (September 25) on ITV.

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