X Factor down to final 16

There were some shocks and a lot of tears on the X Factor last night as the judges chose the final 16 contestants who will go forward to the live shows.

Gary Barlow, aided by his Take That band mate Robbie Williams, chose Frankie Cocozza, 18, Craig Colton, 22, Marcus Collins, 23 and James Michael, 20 in the boys category.

Joe Cox, Luke Lucas, Max Vickers and John Wilding were the unlucky four that missed out with 16-year-old Lucas reduced to tears on hearing the bad news.

It was the second consecutive year that Wilding had made the final eight only to be voted off in the judges' house stage with Barlow deciding that the X Factor hopeful didn't have the personality to match his voice.

There was a major shock in the Girls category with Kelly Rowland deciding not to put public favourite Jade Richardson through to the live shows.

The Scottish hopeful had reduced the public and judges to tears during her audition at Glasgow, but Rowland decided that Jade had failed to come out of her shell during the final audition in Miami.

Instead Rowland will mentor Misha Bryan, 19, Janet Devlin, 16, Sophie Habibas, 19, and Amelia Lily, 16 in the live heats with Devlin one of the favourites to win the show.

Next up was Tulisa in Mykonos who had to choose the final four groups ahead of the upcoming live shows. Again there were a number of surprises.

Essex hopefuls 2 Shoes, boy band Nu vibe and Rhythmix, a girl band put together by the judges, were all chosen to go through to the live shows.

However, in an unprecedented move Tulisa decided to cherry pick members from two different bands to form a new super group comprised of Charlie from Chasing Keys and Ashley, Derry and Andrew from The Risk.

Louis Walsh will mentor the Over 25s category this year and he chose his final four following their last-eight auditions in Barcelona.

Kitty Brucknell, 26, Jonjo Kerr, 27 and Johnny Robinson, 45 and Goldie Cheung were all put forward to the live shows. However, the Hong Kong native decided to quit the show meaning that Sami Brookes was recalled to the show.

The live shows kick off this weekend.

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