Cheryl Cole, Lloyd Daniels, Ricky Loney and Joe McElderry
Simon Cowell, Danyl Johson, Jamie Archer and Olly Murs
Dannii Minogue, Rachel Adedejo, Lucie Jones and Stacey Soloman
It was an emotional experience for all on The X Factor last night as the final 12 contestants were chosen to go on to the live stage.
First up was Dannii (in Dubai) with the girls. Dannii, with a little help from her sister Kylie, chose Welsh wonder Lucie Jones, single-mum Stacie Soloman and Rachel Adedji to join her for the next stage.
Former S Club Juniors member Stacey McClean, Despina Pilabakis and Nicole Jackson failed to make it into the final three.
Next was Louis (in Italy where it rained the entire time) with the groups. Louis, along with boy band wonder Ronan Keating, chose Kandy Rain, a group of four ex-strippers, John and Edward, the two Irish twins and Miss F.R.A.N.K, a group made up of three soloists by the judges at boot camp.
Cheryl Cole, chose her final three boys with help from former Pop Idol winner Will Young. Cheryl, to the amazement of many, didn't choose American heartthrob Ethan Boroain for the next stage. Despite giving an average audition in Morocco he was one of the hot favourites to progress further, also left out of the top three were operatic singer Daniel Fox and Duane Lamonte.
Cheryl instead chose previous X Factor auditonee Ricky Loney, fellow Geordie Joe McElderry and the youngest contestant this year, 17-year-old Lloyd Daniels.
Lastly, Simon Cowell, sat in his luxury LA pad wearing amazing silver Ray Ban aviators, had the hardest decision to make in the over-25 category.
In the end Simon decided to take Jamie Afro, school teacher Danyl Johnson and super-cute Olly Murs with him to the final stage leaving out Daniel Pierce (who appeared on Popstars: The Rivals with Cheryl in 2002), Treyc Cohen and Nicole Lawrence.
The battle is now on as to who will be crowned X Factor winner 2009 but already Daniel Johnson and Lucie Jones are the bookies' favourites to claim the title.
Ether way, we'll be watching every Saturday night between now and Christmas and we can't wait.
By Georgie Hindle