The axe factor: Judges treat contestants to a pep talk from JLS at bootcamp before sending a third of the acts home (and they don't even get a chance to sing)
00:27 GMT, 22 September 2012
They were delighted at being sent through to bootcamp during their first audition on the X Factor.
But on tonight's episode viewers will watch a third of the 211 acts axed from the competition – before they have even had chance to sing.
Judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh send a large number of the wannabes home without hearing them perform.
Cruel to be kind The X Factor judges send home a third of the contestants on tonight's show
The rejects are lulled into a false
sense of security and are seen enjoying a welcome party with former
contestants JLS before their dreams are cruelly crushed.
Marvin Humes tells the contestants: 'I’m looking at an X Factor winner right here.'
While his bandmate Ortise provides words of encouragement: This is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime, so you
have to make sure you take it with both hands, you know who wants it the
most, and it’s who wants it the most that will get it.'
Treat before despair: Viewers will see the judges sending a third of the X Factor contestants home from bootcamp before they even have a chance to sing. Ahead of getting the axe the wannabes were treated to a pep talk by JLS
Wise words: The boy band found fame on the talent show and gave the contestants some of their words of wisdom
After enjoying the party the contestants gather together to learn who will be facing the axe – and as dreams as crushed emotions are running high.
Speaking about the decision Gary says: 'We’ve made a good call today and
it gives the other two thirds of people who are a left a good chance of
learning something going forward in this competition.'
Louis adds: 'I know we are doing the right thing, I know it’s tough, but that’s show business.'
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The acts that do remain they are put into groups and asked to work together which leads to plenty of tensions and tantrums.
The bootcamp stage of the competition whittles down the acts fighting for those crucial spots at the judges houses.