There were emotional scenes in Sunday night’s The X Factor as the judges revealed which acts they would be taking through to the live finals.

The news came in the second of the weekend’s double bill of shows, following Saturday’s programme in which the final 32 acts performed at the judges’ houses.

First to reveal her choices was Dannii Minogue, who is mentoring the boys and had been judging their performances at her home in Australia.

And there was good news for teenager Aiden Grimshaw, painter and decorator Matt Cardle and Italian-born ‘diva’ Nicolo Festa, all of whom made it into Dannii’s top three.

“The pros are that you’re a diva, and you know it and you work it,” Dannii told Nicolo. “The cons are that you’re a diva – and you know it and you work it.”

However Tom Richards, Paije Richardson, John Wilding, Marlon McKenzie and Karl Brown were left heartbroken after being told they hadn’t made it through to the live finals.

Next the over-28s, mentored by Louis Walsh, learned their fate at his house in Shannon, Ireland.

There was bad news for Elesha Moses, Stephen Hunter, Yuli Minguel, Justin Vanderhyde and Wagner Fiuza-Carillho.

However care worker John Adeleye, singer Storm Lee and Irish supermarket worker Mary Byrne were celebrating after being told they had made it through to the top 12.

“You draw me in,” he told Mary, “and I’m like, ‘where is this voice coming from’?”

In Marbella, the groups were told by mentor Simon Cowell which of them would be continuing on to the live shows – and there were celebrations for boy band FYD, and the two groups formed by Cowell at boot camp – girl group Belle Amie and all-male quintet One Direction.

“When it worked, it worked,’ Cowell told One Direction. ‘My head is saying it’s a risk and my heart is saying that you deserve a shot and that’s why it’s been difficult.

“I’ve gone with my heart, you’re through. I am so impressed with all of you, I mean it.”

However boy bands The Reason and Princes and Rogues, duos Twem and Diva Fever and girl group Husstle all failed to make it through.

Finally it was the turn of the girls to be told by their mentor Cheryl Cole whether they would be continuing in the competition and packing their bags.

And there was bad news for Annastasia Baker and Treyc Cohen – both of whom had made it to the judges’ houses stage of the show for the second time.

Kerri Arindell and Raquel Thomas also failed to make it through, and surprisingly Gamu Nhengu – who was tipped as a possible favourite to win the competition – was also sent packing.

“I thought you were adorable, I got you,” Cheryl told her. “I love your style of song and how you perform. But I don’t think I can take you further forward. You just need to keep going and get some more experience.”

However teenager Cher Lloyd, eccentric receptionist Katie Waissel and single mum Rebecca Ferguson were all told they had made the finals.

“Normally when I have a first audition I have an initial reaction and I didn’t have that,” Cheryl told Rebecca. “But I think I can bring your confidence out of you. I’m going to take you through to the live final. I’m excited.”

The 12 will compete in the first live show of the series next Saturday night, with the first elimination on Sunday’s results show.

A surprise ‘twist’, details of which have yet to be revealed, is also promised for next weekend.