Not for the first time, Simon Cowell, 58, admitted he was disappointed with his category this year after he was awarded the Groups.
Despite the likes of Sean & Conor Price and The Cutkelvins giving him a chance for an X Factor victory, the music mogul made his feelings clear.
“Can I make a deal with you?” he begged Nicole Scherzinger, 39. “Do you want to swap this category for the Overs?”
However, when he sees the calibre on display, will he change his mind?
Also in tonight’s nail-biting edition of the ITV talent show, Simon’s thee-year-old son Eric makes an adorable appearance.
Turning to his toddler for some advice, Eric gives the head honcho his verdict on The Cutkelvins.
Simon’s six chair challenge comes before he’s joined by Cheryl, 34, at Judges’ Houses.
A first look at the Girls Aloud singer back on X Factor two years since she served as a judge was released today and showed Simon take a swipe at her son’s name, Bear.
This year sees Simon mentor the Groups, Nicole the Overs, Louis Walsh, 65, the Boys while Sharon Osbourne, also 65, has the Girls.
The X Factor continues tonight at 8.15pm on ITV.