Simon Cowell creates X bands

Simon Cowell has formed two bands from solo singers at this year's boot camp to boost the category anticipated to be mentored by Cheryl Cole

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Simon Cowell has formed two bands from 'X Factor' solo singers.

The music mogul, Louis Walsh and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger - who is standing in for Malaria-stricken panelist Cheryl Cole - asked female auditionees Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell, Geneva Lane and Sophia Wardman - to form a girl band, while male contestants Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles were given a second chance at success by agreeing to perform as a group.

It has been reported that Cheryl will be given the groups to mentor this year and Simon wanted to boost her chances of success.

An insider told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Nothing's finalised about who gets which category but if Cheryl's up to dealing with the groups they want to give her the best people to choose from.

"It's a difficult category to get right, but not impossible as JLS showed two years ago."

Both Cheryl and Dannii Minogue - who is currently on maternity leave - are expected to return for the Judge's Homes stage of the competition where this year they will be given eight contestants to choose their three finalists from.

The Australian beauty has reportedly requested DVDs of the contestants before she meets them in order to be better prepared.

The source added: "The situation hasn't been ideal this year, but both Cheryl and Dannii are dedicated to the show and their acts.

"There's no way they'll let things slide. Both hate the idea of Simon winning."

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