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'The X Factor': Nicole Scherzinger chooses final six girls

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The X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger has chosen the final six girls that she will take through to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition.

Abi Alton, Tamera Foster, Hannah Barrett, Jade Richards, Relley Clarke and Melanie McCabe will join Scherzinger and her guest mentor in Antigua.

Nicole and the final 6 girls.

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Nicole Scherzinger with final six girls



The 'Boomerang' singer was the first judge to select her final six, with Sharon Osbourne (Over 25s), Louis Walsh (Boys) and Gary Barlow's (Groups) selections airing on tomorrow night's (September 29) episode.

16-year-old Foster won Scherzinger's approval with her rendition of Rihanna's 'Stay', while Clarke, 23, earned her spot with a performance of 'Respect'.

Abi Alton

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Abi Alton

Tamera Foster

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Tamera Foster



The former Pussycat Dolls star told Clarke that her performance "wasn't perfect" but told the other judges that she found her "adorable".

Scottish singer Jade Richards - who made it to Kelly Rowland's Judges' House two years ago - made it into the final six with a performance of 'Clown'.

Jade Richards

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Jade Richards

Relley Clarke

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Relley Clarke



Scherzinger told Richards that she had seen passion in her Boot Camp performance that had been lacking in previous auditions.

Hannah Barrett, Abi Alton and Melanie McCabe secured their spots in the final six at the expense of contestants who had already been told they would be going through, with Scherzinger forced to swap contestants in a dramatic new twist.

Melanie McCabe

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Melanie McCabe

Hannah Barrett

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Hannah Barrett



Barrett received a standing ovation from the panel and audience after her performance of 'I'd Rather Go Blind' by Etta James.

The twist saw Sheena McHugh, Karen Harding and Lydia Lucy eliminated from the competition.

The X Factor continues tomorrow night (September 29) on ITV at 7.30pm.

Did Nicole Scherzinger pick the right girls to go to Judges' Homes?
Yes - she picked the strongest six girls!48.85%
No - her decisions were terrible!24.73%
Undecided - I'm waiting to see what happens next week.26.42%

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