The competition is hotting up in The X Factor as the remaining 32 acts – among them singer Marcus Collins – travel to the judges’ houses to compete for a place in the final 16….
Tulisa Contostablos took the groups to Greece – and was joined by Jessie J as guest judge
Female duo 2 Shoes hoped their harmonies would be as co-ordinated as their dresses
Another duo, Boy v Girl, have had a relatively low profile so far, but the judges’ houses have flung them into the spotlight
Estrelle were among a handful of girl band hopefuls….
…..along with the Lovettes….
The Risk were also formed from boot camp rejects – but will Tulisa take a risk in choosing them?
….and Rhythmix, a band formed a boot camp who had barely had a chance to perform together before jetting off to Greece!
In Miami, Kelly Rowland was joined at her home by Jennifer Hudson – no stranger to reality TV herself, having sprung to fame on American Idol
Amelia Lily, one of the youngest contestants this year, impressed the pair with her strong vocals
They also seemed keen on Scottish singer Jade Richards
16-year-old Holly Repton is another lower-profile contestant – can she make it through to the finals?
Kelly had been impressed with barmaid Sophie Habibis from the beginning – and she seemed similarly keen on her performance in Miami
Irish teenager Melanie McCabe went for a multi-coloured look as she gave her all-important performance
Misha Bryan was another who was dressed for success, with an eye-catching frock
And Janet Devlin – currently one of the favourites – opted to sing her song, Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful, barefoot
Louis Walsh was joined in Barcelona by Sinitta for help in picking the final over 25s
Former Fame Academy finalist Carolynne Poole was among those hoping to impress Louis
Joseph Gilligan turned in another strong performance
And Samantha Brookes – who has made her mark on the series with her personality as well as her singing – did well, but will it be enough?
Jonjo Kerr also delivered a strong performance in the face of stiff competition…
….while eccentric Kitty Brucknell celebrated fnishing her song by jumping in the pool!
In Los Angeles, Gary Barlow was joined by Robbie Williams – who had donned an unusual outfit for the occasion
Frankie Cocozza has marked himself as a front-runner – but will his judges house performance take him that step further?
John Wilding has been here before, having narrowly missed out on the live shows in 2010 – and is hoping this year he can go one better
Max Vickers also proved himself to be a strong candidate for the boys’ line-up….
….as did curly-haired James Michael
16-year-old Luke Lucas had a rough time at the judges’ houses after breaking down in tears when he forgot the words to his song
Liverpool lad Craig Colton also did well – but will he be on of the final 16? All will be revealed on Sunday night……