We get to decide which X Factor judge gets which category this year!

How exciting!

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by Anna Lewis |
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As if we’re not already ridiculously excited about The X Factor returning to our screens Saturday 29 August, we’ve now heard something so awesome we’re not sure we can contain ourselves.

This year we, YES, WE, get to pick which judge – Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw – gets which category.

So do you want Simon to have the Groups? Or Rita to have the Overs? Maybe Cheryl having the Boys would be fun? And we reckon Grimmy could cope with those Girls.

The fate of all the judges is in our hands, with the live Twitter vote opening during the very first episode, and closing 12pm on Tuesday 1 September.

The judges will then be told their groups during filming of the six-chair challenge.

Viewers can vote by tweeting the name of their chosen judge followed by the category. Like this: #SimonOvers or #SimonGroups or… well, you get the picture.

And the best part is the judges and categories have each been captured in emoji form, with their very own specially created characters, which will appear across the tweets during the vote.

How cool is that?!?!

The X Factor returns to ITV on Saturday 29 August.

Hottest X Factor contestants EVER!


Hottest X Factor contestants ever

Shane Ward, series 21 of 27

Shane Ward, series 2

Come on, you know you would...

Chico, series 22 of 27

Chico, series 2

We wish it was Chico Time every hour, on the hour

Nicholas Dorsett, series 23 of 27

Nicholas Dorsett, series 2

OK, OK, so the cornrows aren't great.

Ray Quinn, series 34 of 27

Ray Quinn, series 3

This guy has DEFINITELY got better with age

Andy Williams, series 45 of 27

Andy Williams, series 4

We don't actually remember if Andy was any good at singing, but he sure was pretty

Daniel DeBourg, series 46 of 27

Daniel DeBourg, series 4

Same goes for Daniel

Futureproof, series 47 of 27

Futureproof, series 4

We quite like the front three, but we're not sure about far-right's bandanas and far-left, Vince Kidd. No offence, V...

Leon Jackson, series 48 of 27

Leon Jackson, series 4

So cute!

Austin Drage, series 59 of 27

Austin Drage, series 5

Great body, if we remember correctly...

JLS, series 510 of 27

JLS, series 5

These guys were always going to make it into our Hottest X Factor Boys Ever gallery, weren't they?

Scott Bruton, series 511 of 27

Scott Bruton, series 5

Cute as a button

Danyl Johnson, series 612 of 27

Danyl Johnson, series 6

Shame he turned out to be a bit of a jerk, eh?

Jamie Archer, series 613 of 27

Jamie Archer, series 6


Lloyd Daniels, series 614 of 27

Lloyd Daniels, series 6

Just look at those puppy dog eyes

Olly Murs, series15 of 27

Olly Murs, series


Matt Cardle, series 716 of 27

Matt Cardle, series 7

He's still the hottest painter and decorator we've ever seen

Aiden Grimshaw, series 717 of 27

Aiden Grimshaw, series 7

Hot and kinda weird - our favourite combination

One Direction, series 718 of 27

One Direction, series 7

Disclaimer: We didn't fancy them when this photo was taken back in the day. That would NOT have been OK...

Wagner, series 719 of 27

Wagner, series 7

Oh. How did this get in here...

Jonjo Kerr, series 820 of 27

Jonjo Kerr, series 8

We just love that moody scowl

Marcus Collins, series 821 of 27

Marcus Collins, series 8

Lovely Marcus

The Risk, series 822 of 27

The Risk, series 8

All equally hot... which is rare for a band

Kye Sones, series 923 of 27

Kye Sones, series 9

Looks better in eyeliner than any of us girls

Union J, series 924 of 27

Union J, series 9

Even hotter since George joined

Kingsland Road, series 1025 of 27

Kingsland Road, series 10

Fabulous hair if nothing else

Rough Copy, series 1026 of 27

Rough Copy, series 10

What's hotter than a man in a pleather skirt? Three men in pleather skirts!

Sam Callahan, series 1027 of 27

Sam Callahan, series 10

ERM, have you seen his body?!

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