X Factor judges' categories revealed
- Bang Showbiz
- 31 August 2011
Louis Walsh is to mentor the 'X Factor' Over 26s category for the second year in a row, with Kelly Rowland taking the helm of the Girls, Gary Barlow being in charge of the Boys and Tulisa Contostavlos supervising the Groups
Louis Walsh is to mentor the 'X Factor' Over 26s category for the second year in a row.
The Irish judge - who supervised Mary Byrne, Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho, Storm Lee, John Adeleye during last year's show - will be taking four acts through to the live finals of the ITV1 series, thought to include controversial Kitty Brucknell, who attended Louis' Judges' Houses phase in Barcelona, Spain, last week.
Meanwhile, Kelly Rowland is jetting off to Miami, Florida, to pick her four finalists in the Girls category, where she is believed to be assisted by Usher or P. Diddy, while Tulisa Contostavlos - a member of hip-hop band N-Dubz - will head to Greece with the Groups.
Finally, Gary Barlow is to take the Boys category to Take That bandmate Robbie Williams' lavish pad in Los Angeles next week.
However, the groupings will not be going down well with former gangster Derry Mensah - who sailed through to the Boot Camp stage of the competition - as he hoped to be mentored by former Destiny's Child singer Kelly.
After being jailed for robbery in the past, it is unlikely he would be granted a visa to the US because of his criminal convictions, meaning the only option is to send him to Greece with Tulisa.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Derry was gutted, as it would be a dream come true for him to be mentored by Kelly. When he said on Saturday he loved her, he wasn't kidding."