CHERYL Tweedy is making a huge comeback to The X Factor this year to help Simon Cowell select the acts he will take to the live shows.
Here’s all you need to know about the judges’ houses stage of the competition – the last step before the drama-filled live shows…
What is judges houses?
Judges’ houses serves as the penultimate stage in The X Factor competition.
The four judges are assisted by a celebrity adviser as they pick the contestants they will be taking to the live finals.
There’s guaranteed crying and it’s almost certain that someone will jump into a conveniently nearby swimming pool to celebrate.
Who are the celebrities helping the judges and where will they be?
There are some familiar faces returning to The X Factor for judges’ houses along with some more surprising appearances.
Cheryl has kept a low profile since the birth of her son Bear, with only a handful of public appearances to date.
Returning to The X Factor to assist Simon Cowell sort through his category, the pair are bound to squabble over their choices.
Simon has rented out a stunning £10million mansion in the French Riviera.
Boasting two helipads, a swimming pool and expansive gardens, it’s the perfect property for Cheryl to make a grand return.
Grime icon Stormzy has enjoyed huge success with his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer which has already achieved Gold status in the UK.
Stormzy, 24, will be assisting Nicole Scherzinger whittle down her category in the sunny landscapes of South Africa.
Jack and Kelly Osbourne
After having Robbie Williams help her last year, Sharon Osbourne has decided to keep it in the family this year.
She took to Instagram to reveal that Jack and Kelly Osbourne had been helping her sort through the girls at a property in San Francisco.
Mika will be assistant to Louis Walsh as they whittle down the boys in Istanbul.
A slightly more surprising choice – Mika hasn’t made a dent on the UK charts for a number of years.
After enjoying huge levels of success with his 2007 debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, Mika has kept performing across Europe with number one hits in Italy and France.
The singer is no stranger to The X Factor having served as a judge for three years on the Italian version.
Mika also landed a cameo role as a hairdresser in Zoolander 2.
What time is The X Factor on tonight and who is on hosting duties?
The X Factor 2017 is back on our screens TONIGHT (October 8) at 7.30pm on ITV.
With the auditions now over, it’s time for the hopefuls headed to Bootcamp to try to get through to the Six Chair Challenge as the nationwide hunt to find this year’s winning act continues.
Who are the judges for The X Factor 2017?
Despite heavy speculation of a judging shake up, the panel is exactly the same as last year.
It’s the first time in seven years that X Factor bosses have kept the same judging panel as the year before.
A source said: “The chemistry was perfect last year, so it’s only natural to want to bring the same line-up together again.”