Looking after the under 25-year-old boys, Mel B chose Perth's Josh Brookes, teenage lifeguard Adil Memon and Jason Owen, who comes from a country town of just 12 people. Ronan Keating is mentoring the groups and, with the help of One Direction, he went for Fortunate, quirky boy band What About Tonight and a new boy group put together by the judges made up of eliminated male contestants.
Perth's Samantha Jade joins Nathaniel Willemse in the over-25 group, mentored by Guy Sebastian, along with 41-year-old Justin Standley who auditioned in the hope that his children would see him on the Seven talent show. Standley lost contact with his three young children 12 years ago after the breakdown of his relationship with their mother and had tried many ways to find them before making his X Factor plea. He was recently reunited with his 18-year-old daughter, Ophelia, in Perth after she saw the show and made contact.
Perhaps the strongest group this year is the under-25 girls, mentored by Natalie Bassingthwaighte. They are made up of Bella Ferraro, who wowed in the first episode with her rendition of Birdy's version of Bon Iver's Skinny Love, Angel Tupai and 14-year-old Shiane Hawke, who revealed this week she was battling insecurities caused by a physical disability which saw her born with her feet back to front.
Despite not making it through to the top 12, top 24 contestant Bella Hunter will perform with her late father's band, Dragon, on The Morning Show today. Bella and her uncle, Todd Hunter, who has taken over the reins as Dragon's frontman, will sing one of their biggest hits, April Sun In Cuba.Bella's dad, Marc Hunter, died in 1998 aged 44 after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
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