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As the new X Factor wildcards are announced, what happened to the previous lucky acts?

From Monica Michael to Jack Walton, here are the stars who made it through to live shows by the skin of their teeth

THIS year’s X Factor wildcard acts have been announced, with the the fate of four hopefuls lying once more in the hands of the public.

The four혻contestants혻??each picked by one혻judge for another of their혻fellow panellists??categories ??will join Honey G in the line-up, after Ivy Grace Paredes had to pull out혻from the competition due to혻visa issues.

Each wildcard is picked by one judge for another's category
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Each wildcard is picked by one judge for another panelist’s category

The wildcard tradition dates back to 2011 – but whatever happened to the previous lucky acts who made it through by the skin of their teeth?

Here we take a look back at their X Factor careers and what they’re up to now.

Monica Michael

Monica Michael had two stabs at taking the X Factor crown, making it through to the live shows on her second attempt as a wildcard
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Monica Michael had two stabs at taking the X Factor crown, making it through to the live shows on her second attempt as a wildcard

Having only made it to Judge’s Houses during her first X Factor stint, Monica returned the following year and was awarded a place in the live finals as a wildcard act.

She survived several weeks before she was booted off mid-way through the series – after Olly Murs awkwardly revealed she was going home before the results were announced.

Monica recently appeared on This Morning where she showcased an incredible five stone weight loss.

Monica looked VERY different on This Morning recently
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Monica looked VERY different on This Morning recently

She혻admitted: “I took some drastic action and got a gastric band.”

Monica is still making music and has혻tweeted links to her tunes on Twitter.

Monica Michael reveals five stone weight loss on This Morning

Kye Sones

Kye was a wildcard in the 2012 competition
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Kye was a wildcard in the 2012 competition

Loveable London-born former chimney sweep Kye Sones혻made it to week 5 of the live shows in the 2012 competition, 혻having been drafted in as a wildcard.

Now Kye,혻who is close mates혻with Ferne Cotton and godfather to her son Rex, is still busy working as a singer/songwriter and is trying to make his name혻in the music industry.

Kye is now making music and is best mates with DJ Ferne Cotton
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Kye is now making music and is best mates with DJ Ferne Cotton

He released his debut EP Seven in 2013, after working with Gabrielle Aplin and Iain James, which made it to혻number 2 in the iTunes chart.

Kye has gone on to write and produce music for several혻TV shows, adverts혻and혻apps and is working혻on various혻big dance tracks with Ultra records and Hospital Records.

You know you've made it when you get an invite to Kimberley Walsh's wedding.

Christopher Maloney

Christopher Maloney
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Christopher Maloney on the show back in 2012

Christopher was a surprise wildcard in series nine in 2012, after the public chose him over popular act혻Amy Mottram.

He proved to be the winning choice, as he made it all the way to the final, finishing in third place despite혻being dubbed a "cabaret" and "cruise ship" singer by judge Louis Walsh.

He came out as gay in혻March 2013 and later that year he released his혻debut single My Heart Belongs to You.

Christopher made headlines after he posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed after his nose job in 2015 and later admitted he had never been happy with his appearance.

Christopher made headlines after he posted a picture of himself in hospital after his nose job in 2015
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Christopher made headlines after he posted a picture of himself in hospital after his nose job in 2015

Earlier this year he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house.

After 22 days he was혻the fifth person to be evicted, after receiving the fewest amount of votes to stay on.

Christopher Maloney screams in pain as he gets his face waxed while on

Lola Saunders

Lola made it through on a wildcard
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Lola made it through on a wildcard

Lola혻progressed to the live shows thanks to her mentor Cheryl, who brought her back as a wildcard in 2014.

But her stint on the show ended that November after a Deadlock with Stereo Kicks.

Lola has continued to pursue a career in music and has released several tracks혻since the X Factor.

She is also now performing in Save The Last Dance For Me alongside Blue star Antony Costa, who will play Milton.

She is also now performing in Save The Last Dance For Me alongside Blue star Antony Costa
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She is also now performing in Save The Last Dance For Me alongside Blue star Antony Costa

Stevi Ritchie

Stevi Ritchie is seen performing on stage at the X Factor live show in London. Credit: Dymond/Syco/Thames/Corbis
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Stevi Ritchie appeared on the X Factor back in 2014

Enthusiastic Stevi was a Marmite character on series 11, but despite that he managed to finish in sixth place.

While on the show he struck up a relationship with fellow contestant Chloe Jasmine혻Whichello.

The pair are now set to get혻hitched,혻but have a rocky relationship, having called off their engagement in April before reuniting shortly after.

Both took part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, reaching the final and coming fifth.

Stevie often performs with Park Resorts Holiday Parks at their Cambersands Beach location and has made appearances on Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women.

Stevi has since appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and is often making headlines for his relationship with fellow former X Factor contestant Chloe Jasmine
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Stevi has since appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and is often making headlines for his relationship with fellow former X Factor contestant Chloe Jasmine

Wagner

Wagner got high praise from Simon Cowell when he auditioned for The X Factor

Everyone remembers Wagner, the혻Brazilian-born,혻silver-haired retired PE teacher, who attracted혻a cult following when he bagged혻a place in the finals of The X Factor혻in 2010.

He crashed out in week eight, losing out to혻Mary Byrne in the sing-off.

Bizarrely the 59-year-old is now a registered tattoo artist and is still making music which he shares with fans혻via his official혻Facebook page.

We recently reported how Wagner takes혻orders for custom-made videos,혻with a Happy Birthday message setting you back just 짙8.50.

Wagner belts out tunes for adoring fans
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The star belts out tunes for adoring fans

Amelia Lily

Amelia Lily replaced Frankie Cocozza
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Amelia Lily replaced Frankie Cocozza

After controversial character Frankie Cocozza was booted off the show in 2011, Amelia returned to the X Factor as his replacement.

The month before she was voted off during the first live episode, but the public opted to bring her back to fill Frankie's void.

It turned out to be a good decision, as Amelia outlasted all of the other girls, eventually finishing third to Little Mix.

She's since forged a successful stage career and is currently starring in혻Green Day?셲 American Idiot UK, which has toured the UK and enjoyed a stint in the West End.

Amelia has since forged a successful stage career and is currently starring in Green Day?셲 American Idiot UK
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Amelia has since forged a successful stage career and is currently starring in Green Day?셲 American Idiot UK

Jack Walton

Jack Walton was another wildcard act
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Jack Walton was another wildcard act

Jack was appeared in혻the live shows back in 2014, having been drafted in혻at the last minute.

Despite being booted off혻just weeks into the competition, he's reportedly managed to sign with One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.

Jack has reportedly signed with Louis Tomlinson's record company
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Jack has reportedly signed with Louis Tomlinson's record company

Overload Generation

These cute young lads made it through on a wildcard
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These cute young lads made it through on a wildcard

Despite making it through to the live shows on a wildcard, Overload Generation's혻excitement came to an abrupt end as they became the first act to be booted out in week 1.

Since then it's been claimed the band have split following혻a spat on Twitter.

Reports claim혻bandmate Joey announced he wanted to leave to pursue a solo career which혻sparked a social media row between them all.

Since then they've혻rarely been seen together.

The boy band reportedly had a big falling out
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The boy band reportedly had a big falling out

The X Factor continues on ITV on Saturdays and Sundays.

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