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X Factor 'wildcard' to be picked for live shows

Judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger with presenter Dermot O'Leary. Photo: PA Wire

X Factor bosses are set to introduce a "wildcard" entry to the live stages of the ITV1 show, a source on the talent show competition revealed.

It is understood that judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh have each chosen three acts to take through to the finals, plus their wildcard.

Viewers will then vote on which of the acts deserves to be added to the 12 finalists for the first live edition of the series, which is screened on October 6.

We like to add new twists to the show every year and this time the public get to choose an act to be added to the competition.

With the standard so high this year, the judges had a tough time choosing their three, so this gives another amazing act the chance to perform on The X Factor stage.

The four acts will be unveiled on Sunday night's X Factor on ITV1 - and phone lines will be open for the public to vote for their favourite from the end of the show until midday on Saturday. The act with the most votes performs on Saturday night.

A spokeswoman for the programme, which also had a wildcard entry in 2010, would not confirm whether it was being revived again this year.