More details have bee revealed on how the new-look X Factor differs from the past.
Three judges, Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert have chosen their Top 3 acts. Mel B’s 3 “Underdog” acts will be revealed throughout the first Live show this Sunday night.
Boldly, 1 act from each group will be cut from the competition after the first show, as voted by viewers. 4 acts will be sent packing on Monday night. This will certainly compress the show in keeping with the remaining weeks of the TV year.
Current finalists include:
Over 22s (Guy Sebastian)
Chynna Taylor (26)
Born and raised in Southern Texas, Chynna married an Australian navy pilot stationed in the USA and subsequently moved to Australia. The X Factor is a second chance for Chynna who secured a record deal in Nashville but within six months had lost it all.
Davey Woder (34)
2016’s surprise package, Davey had never performed a cover song before stepping onto The X Factor stage. The eccentric tyre fitter from Logan in Queensland is a self-taught singer and guitar player, who won over the judges with his authenticity and originality.
Timmy Knowles (30)
A full time gigging singer, Timmy Knowles, divided the judges with his first audition of Zayn’s Pillowtalk. In 2014, the Melburnian was held hostage in London during a failed jewellery heist, spurring him on to do what made him happy; chase his musical dream.
Under 22s (Adam Lambert)
Amalia Foy (15)
With an audition that brought the judges to tears, Melbourne schoolgirl Amalia has dreamy, ethereal vocals far beyond her years. 2016’s youngest contestant is a super fan of The X Factor, having watched every episode of every season.
Natalie Ong (15)
Born in Singapore and one the biggest voices in the competition, Natalie moved to Melbourne at 2 years old so her family could provide a better life for her and her brother. A sign of her family’s devotion; her Grandmother even flew from her homeland to watch her audition.
Isaiah Firebrace (16)
Hailing from the small town of Moama, Isaiah almost didn’t make it through his audition due to forgetting his lyrics. However Isaiah’s soulful voice and original tone is what won mentor Adam over.
Groups (Iggy Azalea)
Isla, 29, and Finley Brentwood, 25, dub themselves “Australasia’s only strictly ginger brother/sister duo.” Hailing from New Zealand, the siblings have a strong following on their YouTube channel regularly covering popular tracks with their unique Brentwood spin.
Cat, 16, Vita and Calmel, both 18, had only been together a month prior to their first audition on The X Factor. A cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy landed themselves a standing ovation from all three judges, a testament to their talent.
Time & Place
Sheldon, Sami, Matthew and Leon all auditioned as solo artists but ended up being cut by original mentor, Adam Lambert, in the acapella challenge. Iggy saw potential in their talent and suggested they join forces to form a boyband.
7pm Sunday and 7:30pm Monday on Seven.