X Factor hopeful Josh Daniels made it through the final stage of bootcamp in Sunday night’s eviction.
The 21-year-old will be mentored by BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw who will be looking after the boys section, which also includes shy Basildon singer Che Chesterton, Bedfordshire supermarket assistant Brodie Kelly, and Italian singing teacher Davide Papasidero.
Josh was chosen by judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick to join the Six Chair Challenge and phoned his mum on TV to tell her the news.
Josh, from Billingham, moved the judges – including Simon Cowell – to tears when he gave an emotional audition in a previous show on the hit ITV programme.
The car mechanic took to the stage to give a moving rendition of Labrinth’s Jealous and told the judges the lyrics were special to him and that the song reminded him of his best friend, Thomas Woolley, who passed away in 2013, just a year after accompanying Josh to his first audition for the show.
Some of the other performers who have also been given a ticket to the next stage include Filipino quartet 4th Power, gospel groups Bekln and Silver Tone, and Australian singer Seann Miley Moore.
Cowell will be mentoring the Overs, which include backing singer Anton Stephans, Leeds resident Bupsi, soulful Jennifer Phillips and Irishman Joseph McCaul.
Fernandez-Versini will coach the Groups, while Ora will work her magic with the Girls, which includes Hull student Charli Beard, Essex student Louisa Johnson, Brighton market trader Louisa Johnson and St Helens barmaid Kiera Weathers.
Sheffield estate agent Holly Johnson broke down in tears after being given the boot from the judges, only for them to reconsider.