They may have made it through to the X FACTOR’s infamous bootcamp, but a third of the 211 wannabe X Factor winners who impressed the judges from the first round of auditions will be sent home in this evening’s episode, even before they get to perform again.

Hopefuls such as Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan will then have to battle it out in ‘sing-offs’ in order to remain in this year’s competition.

The acts were treated to a welcome party and a pep talk by X FACTOR boyband JLS. Marvin Humes tells the contestants: ‘I’m looking at an X Factor winner right here.’

While his bandmate Ortise provides words of encouragement: This is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime, so you have to make sure you take it with both hands, you know who wants it the most, and it’s who wants it the most that will get it.’

After the party the contestants were gathered together to learn who would be facing the axe.

Speaking about the decision Gary says: ‘We’ve made a good call today and it gives the other two thirds of people who are a left a good chance of learning something going forward in this competition.’

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Louis adds: ‘I know we are doing the right thing, I know it’s tough, but that’s show business.’

The bootcamp stage of the XFACTOR whittles down the acts fighting for those all important spots at judges homes and then finally to the live shows.

X FACTOR continues tonight on ITV 1

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