The X Factor gets celebrity help

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After a swift succession of auditions last week, The X Factor (Australia) talent has already been whittled down from open auditions through to boot camp and is now at the "Judges' Houses".

In keeping with the international editions of the show, The X Factor (Australia) judges will be accompanied by a celebrity assistant to help them pick the best line-up for the live shows, where the audience will vote for their favourite contestants.

Each of the judges has been given a talent category to mentor and will be expected to pick their "best three" from the contestants who have made it through auditions.

Kyle Sandilands has been paired with Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and will travel to the United States to judge the Under 25 Boys category. Natalie Imbruglia, on the other hand, will be responsible for the Under 25 Girls, while on a tropical adventure at Richard Branson's private British Virgin Island, Nekker Island, where Sir Richard himself will assist her in the decision-making process.

Ronan Keating will be reunited with Boyzone bandmates in Dublin to reduce the number of Over 25 contestants. And finally, Groups mentor, Guy Sebastian, will enlist the expertise of Snoop Dogg and Usher in the US, challenged with producing an impressive selection of group talent for the live shows.

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