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'X Factor' Judges' Houses: Pick your Top 12

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The X Factor Top 24 were revealed in suitably dramatic fashion yesterday evening. Since then, another two groups have been added and one has dropped out because of VISA issues. So we now have a Top 25 as Gary, Nicole, Tulisa and Louis head off to pick their gigantic houses in the sun.

But who deserves a spot in this year's Final 12?

The judges called upon the help of Cheryl Cole, Sharon Osbourne, Ne-Yo and Tinie Tempah to help them out, but we reckon they need a final consultation with Reality Bites before they make any rash decisions!

The Boys
The X Factor 2012: Nicole Scherzinger

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The X Factor 2012 - Episode 3: Jake Quickenden

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X Factor bootcamp - 22/09: Rylan

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The X Factor: Nathan

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Nicole Scherzinger is tasked with bringing the UK X Factor a male winner with staying power. And she's got plenty to work with.

Our picks for the Boys Top 3 would include seasoned pro Nathan Fagan-Gayle, reality TV irritant Rylan Clark and Scunny lifeguard Jake Quickenden. Nathan brings charisma, stage presence and unquestionable talent. Essex diva Rylan brings controversy, high camp and shoulder pads. And we've heard quite a lot of people quite like looking at Jake with his top off.

The Girls
The X Factor 2012: Tulisa

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The X Factor Boot Camp: Ella

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The X Factor Boot Camp: Lucy

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The X Factor: Leanne R

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Tulisa Contostavlos believes that she has got another winner on her hands with the Girls category. After nailing it with the Groups, she has a talent-packed collective of ladies to pick from for the Lives.

We found this the easiest category to choose our Top 3 for, with Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and Leanne Robinson waltzing into the finals. Ella is a no-brainer after that Cher cover at Boot Camp and Leanne is a quiet dark horse, whose powerful vocals have gone relatively unnoticed so far. Meanwhile Lucy brings something we've never seen on X Factor before with her songwriting skills. She's divisive, but X Factor thrives off contestants who split public opinion.

The Overs
Gary Barlow - X Factor 2012 press shot

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The X Factor Boot Camp: Melanie

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The X Factor Boot Camp: Kye

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X Factor bootcamp - 22/09: Carolynne

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Gary Barlow wants to make the Overs category a serious contender again, so don't expect any Wagner types to make the cut this year.

Melanie Masson is an absolutely delightful lady and on vocal talent deserves a spot in the Top 12, while chimney sweeper Kye Sones may have booked himself a slot in the Live Shows with his emotional Boot Camp audition. We'd give the final spot to returning auditionee Carolynne Poole because we're big softies and we couldn't face seeing her miss out at the final hurdle yet again.

The Groups
The X Factor 2012: Louis Walsh

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The X Factor Boot Camp: MK1

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The X Factor Boot Camp: Triple J

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X Factor bootcamp - 22/09: Poisonous Twins

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Louis Walsh believes he has a "secret weapon" in the Groups, but considering the last time he had this category, Louis gave the world Jedward, God only knows what this means.

As its Louis in charge of the Groups, we had to stick the Poisonous Twins in here. Featuring a former Big Brother star, they are the sort of odd girl/girl pairing that Louis could mould into something truly horrific, but brilliantly watchable on a Saturday night. We expect Bananarama covers and extra dry ice. MK1 look like the best of the serious bunch, packing a cocky attitude and decent vocals into one pretty package. Out of the rest (who are all much of a muchness), we'd probably pick Union J (formerly Triple J) because we liked their cute matching hoodies.

Who would be in your X Factor Top 12? Tell us below!.

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