'X Factor' hopefuls were subject to a cruel new twist in the selection process, it has emerged, as acts believing they'd got through to the Judges' Houses stage had their places snatched away.
Judges Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger implemented the twist in front of an audience of 4000, with each judge choosing to send an act home or put them through.
Those not sent home were instead sent to one of six seats on the stage, thinking that they'd made it through to the next stage.
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But some hopefuls were shocked to find that even then they could still be replaced, with Sharon ditching two singers from her Overs category.
An insider told The Sun: “The two singers Sharon dumped walked off the stage in disbelief. They couldn’t believe they’d been replaced at the last minute as they thought they had made it through.
“Emotions were running high, particularly for the contestants who secured then lost their judges’ houses place. It was an unexpected twist.
“The changes meant all of the hopefuls were permanently on the edge of their seats, wondering if they would lose their place.
“The final decision rested with the judges and they agonised over who to send home. Nobody’s place was secure until the very end.”
Audience members booed the decision to replace candidates who thought they'd been put through, with Osbourne branding the dissenters in the crowd 'rude'.
Gary Barlow, however, seemed to love the twist, however, later tweeting: “That was the most incredible and exciting X Factor session EVER!” [The Sun/Metro]
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