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Each year, the judges enlist a famous adviser to help them whittle the six acts remaining in their category down to just three, ahead of the live shows.
In previous years, the ‘So Macho’ singer has been there to offer advice to Simon on which acts should be put through to the live shows, usually while wearing some class of outlandish outfit, like a leaf bikini or a costume made entirely out of fans.
However, this year she’s been replaced by One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, who was previously involved in the show last year, behind the scenes.
In a bid to shake up the show, this year’s judges’ houses performances were initially intended to be broadcast live.
However, this proved to be causing a logistical headache for producers, and the plans have since been scrapped, although footage of the judges announcing their final decisions will be broadcast live.
While Cheryl is heading to Rome and Simon is off to France, Nick Grimshaw’s contestants will no doubt be thrilled to discover that he’ll reportedly be hosting them in… sunny Manchester.