X Factor Judges' Houses to be in Antigua, LA, France and NYC

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Nicole Scherzinger at The X Factor auditions

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger will take her 'X Factor' Girls category to the Caribbean paradise of Antigua for this year's Judges' Houses stage of the competition, while Gary Barlow will travel to Manhattan, Sharon Osbourne to Los Angeles and Louis Walsh to the South of France.

Nicole Scherzinger will take her 'X Factor' hopefuls to Antigua for this year's Judges' Houses.

The 35-year-old star's Girls category will be whittled down among beautiful beaches in the Caribbean tropical paradise, while Gary Barlow's Groups will try to impress him among a backdrop of Manhattan skyscrapers in New York City.

Sharon Osbourne will also be in the US as she aims to find her final six Over-25s in Los Angeles, while Louis Walsh will take his Boys to the South of France.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Once again, bosses have pulled out all the stops and have chosen some glamorous locations for Judges' Houses. It's always a head-scratcher each year to think of somewhere that will have a great backdrop to film this crucial stage against.

"We've never done the sky-scrapers of Manhattan, so that will be a huge treat for the groups.

"And Antigua speaks for itself -- lush palm trees and perfect white sandy beaches."

Nicole is expected to be helped out by fellow US singer Mary J. Blige in Antigua, while Louis has landed two assistants in the form of Sharon's daughter Kelly Osbourne and Westlife's Shane Filan.

Gary is said to have asked former 'Xtra Factor' presenter Olly Murs to give him a hand choosing his final six groups, but it is not known who Sharon has approached.

An X Factor spokesman said: "We have yet to confirm details of the Judges' Houses.

"The first people we will tell will be the contestants."

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