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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Toughest year yet' for X Factor boot camp

X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora. Photo: SYCO/THAMES TV
X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora. Photo: SYCO/THAMES TV

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has said it has been "the toughest year", as the X Factor judges prepare to whittle down the acts for the next stage of competition.

Youth worker Monica Michael, student Louisa Johnson, shy singer-songwriter Che Chesterman and Filipino girl group 4th Power are among those fighting for a place in the Six Chair Challenge in the second round of Boot Camp.

Michael is hoping for another chance after she was knocked out during the Six Chair Challenge last year. Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell have both admitted they made a mistake, with the Girls Aloud star saying: "You were the biggest regret of my category last year."

They also clashed over estate agent Holly Johnson, following her performance of Sam Smith's hit Like I Can.

"I don't think she has any personality," Cowell said, to which Fernandez-Versini retorted: "I think she's just shy."

Fernandez-Versini (inset) and Rita Ora also found themselves on opposing sides with boyband The First Kings' version of Just Be Good To Me.

"We went back to the 1990s. It was old moves they were doing," Fernandez-Versini said. Ora hit back: "I was kind of listening to their voices. That was good."

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