Here's what happened on the first night of the X Factor's Six Chair Challenge 4 years ago

Here's what happened on the first night of the X Factor's Six Chair Challenge

The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge kicked off tonight.

One of the more brutal stages of the competition, the first two categories began to be whittled down to the final six - who would ultimately be headed to the Judge's Houses.


And while this year's edition has the Golden Buzzer - essentially, a button for the judges to press when they're absolutely sure they want to keep an act/won't want to swap them out - it didn't make it any less brutal to watch.

Here's what happened on the first night of the Six Chair Challenge...

First up, Simon Cowell and his category, this girls.


Kleo performed Shakira's Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) and was given SEAT 1

Georgia Burgess performed Pharrell's Happy and was given SEAT 2

April Darby performed Robbie Williams' Angels and was given SEAT 3

Ava Lily performed One Direction's Perfect and was given SEAT 4


Maria Laroco performed Whitney Houston's Queen of the Night and was given SEAT 5

Sephy Francisco performed Loren Allred's Never Enough and was given SEAT 6

Bella Penfold performed Stormzy's Blinded by Your Grace, pt 2 and got the first Golden X of the series - and SEAT 1, replacing Kleo


Lanya Matthews performed Whitney Houston's I Didn't Know My Own Strength and got SEAT 3, replacing April. 

Jennifer Owens sang an original song called Fly and got SEAT 5, replacing Maria. 

Maria then got brought back out and given SEAT 4, replacing Ava Lily. 

Shan performed Sia's Alive and was given SEAT 2, replacing Georgia. 



Georgia asked to sing another song - Robin S's Show Me Love - and got SEAT 3, replacing Lanya. 

Molly Scott performed A Great Big World's Say Something and got SEAT 6, replacing Sephy. 

Scarlett Lee performed Kelly Clarkson's Piece By Piece - Simon said he was going to give her a seat, but then said he wanted a sing off.

So, here's who is in the seats (so far): 

Bella Penfold, Shan, Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco, Jennifer Owens and Molly Scott.

Also featured tonight was Ayda and her category, the overs. 

Olatunji Yearwood performed Lou Bega's Mambo No. 5 and got SEAT 1.

Anthony Monarch performed Walk the Moon's Shut Up and Dance and got SEAT 2. 

Cezar Ouatu performed Il Divo's Somewhere and got SEAT 3. 


Jacqueline Faye performed Les Misérables' Bring Him Home and got  SEAT 4. 

Burgundy Williams performed Whitney Houston's I’m Every Woman and got  SEAT 5

Claire Angel performed Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water  and got SEAT 6.

Ricky John performed Otis Redding's Try a Little Tenderness and got the GOLDEN X. He took  SEAT 2, replacing Anthony. 


Antonino Spadaccino performed Rihanna's Stay and got SEAT 4, replacing Jacqueline.

Ivo Dimchev performed an original song and got SEAT 4, replacing Antonino. 

Panda Ross performed Jennifer Hudson's You Pulled Me Through and got SEAT 4, replacing Ivo. 

Louise Setara performed Ella Henderson's Beautifully Unfurnished and got SEAT 4, replacing Panda.   

So, here's who is in the seats (so far): 

Olatunji Yearwood, Ricky John, Cezar Ouatu, Louise Setara, Burgundy Williams and Claire Angel.

There's still a few contestants left to perform for the Overs - and a sing-off to be had among some of the girls - so the final line-ups headed to the judges houses will be revealed tomorrow.

  • The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge will continue tomorrow night on Virgin Media One.