Louis Walsh brought a girl band back on the 'X Factor', only to ditch them seconds later.

The 64-year-old judge left his boss Simon Cowell and the audience at Wembley Arena reeling after he gave Girl Next Door the boot for the second time at the Six Chair Challenge.

In scenes aired on Sunday night's (25.09.16) show, Louis initially turned down the girl group - which includes Saskia, Brit, Katie and Annabel - after they failed to impress him with their cover of One Direction's 'Drag Me Down'.

However, Simon felt he had made a huge mistake and urged the audience to chant for Louis to bring them back.

The music manager also faced a backlash from the crowd and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne when he opted to send Ottavio and Bradley home.

The pop duo - who famously argued over raw chicken at their first audition - had their seat nicked by boy band Yes Lad, only to steal it back minutes later.

After much thought and changing his mind again and again, Louis finalised his line-up for Judges' Houses, choosing to send through 5AM, Skarl3t, The Brooks, Ottavio and Bradley, Tom and Laura and Four of Diamonds.

Elsewhere on the show, Sharon picked her final six contestants for the Overs category.

Pub landlady Samantha Atkinson kicked off proceedings, singing a beautiful version of 'Run to You' by Whitney Houston.

Speaking before her performance, she said: ''The first performing in front of the audience is daunting. When you are used to doing karaoke in front of 20 people it's ok. My heart is pumping.

''At bootcamp I made some brilliant friends. Me, James and Rebekah have been like a team. But this is where it gets fierce and we are against each other. How amazing if we all got a seat?''

Her close pal James Wilson managed to secure a seat too whilst Rebekah Ryan missed out after being dubbed too ''desperate''.

Rebekah admitted: ''I just couldn't keep it together.''

Relley C, Christopher Peyton, Janet Grogan and Ivy Grace Paredes completed Sharon's final six.

'The X Factor' continues next weekend.