X Factor’s brutal Six Chair Challenge always felt like a bit of a step too far when it came to building tension on the talent show.
The stage sees the contestants whittled down mercilessly to just six per category, and normally leads to heartbreak and tears.
But for one person per group things will get a little less stressful as bosses have introduced a Britain’s Got Talent style ‘Golden X’ button which sees them guarantee a seat and head to judges' houses.
A show source said: “This year each of our judges has one Guaranteed Safe Seat to give away in this round.
"If the judge likes an act enough and they definitely want to see them at judges houses they’ll press this golden X and give that act a Safe Seat.
“This means the act cannot be swapped out of their chair and they’ll go straight through to judges houses.”
The move was unveiled at today's first Six Chair Challenge filming session at Wembley Arena by judges SIMON COWELL, AYDA FIELD, ROBBIE WILLIAMS and LOUIS TOMLINSON.
And I can also reveal which categories the four-strong judging panel will be looking after this year.
This year Simon is looking after the girls, Louis has the boys, and Ayda has the Over 30s.
But best of all, Robbie has bagged himself the groups.
All those years in TAKE THAT should give him a nugget or two of knowledge to impart on the wannabes.