X Factor 2017: Producers will 'eliminate FIVE acts in first two weeks of live shows' — as the latest series of the ITV competition is amped up with 'brutal' new twist

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The Overs celebrated going through to the live shows, but some will be going home much sooner than expected [ITV]

It has been reported that The X Factor producers are set to kick off five contestants in the first two weeks of live shows.

It now seems that a handful of the acts which Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne selected to take through to the live shows last weekend, will not be on the show for much longer. 

According to an insider, two performers will be eliminated this Saturday and Sunday, while the following weekend will see three contestants sent home.

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Nicole had Stormzy to help her decide who to take through to the live shows [ITV]

“This is set to be a very harsh introduction to The X Factor process”, admitted a source.

“The eliminations are going to be coming thick and fast”, the insider has said.

This shock twist will see the most X Factor contestants go home since 2011, when each judge sent home one of their acts.

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Simon Cowell brought Cheryl back to help him pick his chosen few [ITV]

And in a further twist to proceedings, this time the general public are the ones being forced to decide who gets axed.

This last-minute twist seems to have been added in to amp up the dramatic competition process.

“Producers are still finalising the plans, even with the first live show just days away.

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With this latest twist, this series of The X Factor is set to be the most brutal yet [ITV]

“But this is shaping up to be one of the most brutal series”, the insider reportedly told The Sun.

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This year’s live shows will see two the judges’ categories perform on Saturday, with the remaining two categories performing on Sunday.

At least one act will be eliminated each night, and if it’s a double elimination then the least popular contestant from each category will be cut.

OK! Online has contacted The X Factor for further comment.

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