X Factor, the world’s biggest singing reality television show brought to Africa by Globacom, has moved into the third crucial stage, the Judges’ Home Visit.

A press statement by the national operator said the Home Visit follows the conclusion of the first two major stages, the Auditions and the Boot Camp. The company added that the telecast of the show would climax with the unveiling of the Top 9 contenders and the live performances to be followed by the audience voting and evictions.

Contestants who made it through the auditions in Nigeria and Ghana had last month gone into the Boot Camp where they were further screened and the number pruned down by the judges.

Those who scaled the camp have now been divided into three groups with each group assigned to one of the three judges, MI, Onyeka Onwenu and Reggie Rockstone. The judges’ duty is to mentor the singers assigned to them and help prepare them for the live performances. The contestants are grouped into the “Under 23”, “Over 23” and “Group singers”.

The Judges’ Home Visit is part of the mentoring process, and is also intended to help create bonding between the judges and their candidates and further assist in the assessment of the candidates.

Veteran gospel singer and Glo ambassador, Sammy Okposo, had last week paid a surprise visit to the Boot Camp where he delivered a pep talk to the contestants. The multiple award winner gave the excited audience tips on how to be successful in the show and advised them to be original in their singing and overall performance.

Globacom said the Top 9 contenders for the ultimate prize of N24 million and a recording contract with Sony Music will begin to emerge this weekend in Episode 9 of the show which will be broadcast on Saturday on AIT and Soundcity at 7.00 p.m., and on STV, AMC and V Channel at 8.00 p.m.

The show will also run on Sunday on NTA at 5.00 p.m., WAP TV at 6.00 p.m., ONTV and Real TV at 7.00 p.m. as well as on TVC at 8.30 p.m. and Kennis Music at 9.30 p.m.