No X Factor Viewer Vote This Weekend
Instead the judges will each have to drop one of their own acts…
In a change to previous years, this weekend's first live show of the new series of The X Factor will not feature a public vote, as the initial 16 acts will be trimmed down to 12 by the judges.
Instead the judges - Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos - will have to pick one act from each category - the Girls, the Boys, the Groups and the Overs - who will have to leave the show.
The judges were only told themselves of the change of format last night (Thurs Oct 6th), and have vowed to make their decisions based only on the acts' Saturday night performances, rather than their opinions of them up until this point, as Tulisa explained to the contestants, saying:
"Please understand all of you that none of us have made our decision.
"It's a clean slate and we are making our decision as if we have never seen you before."
Kelly also addressed the hopeful housemates, saying:
"We want you to put your best foot forward, make the decision hard for us and let us know why you need to stay."
Head judge Gary explained the judges' reasons for announcing the twist now rather than during the show, saying:
"We thought rather than wait until Saturday night we'll talk about the twist. This is the X Factor stage - it's one thing singing by the pool but it all changes here. This is where stars are born, like Leona. It's all going to feel very different on Saturday."
Louie agreed, adding:
"It's a level playing field - we want to see your passion, we want to see a star, it's all to play for."
The first X Factor live shows take place tomorrow night (Saturday October 08), and will see the contestants fight it out by singing songs with a UK v US theme.
Sunday's show will then see last year's XF champ Matt Cardle and American superstar Cee Lo Green perform, along with the announcement of the judges decisions.