Today was Day 2 of the Six Chair Challenge taping and Louis Tomlinson's Boys category was up tonight. Louis tweeted, "Exciting day for me today! Looking forward to it!" before the taping started.
Louis greeted fans, much to their delight.
Before they started judging, Louis asked the audience to let him know how he was feeling about the artist and that they would probably sway him.
Contestants were eager to get a seat in one of the six chairs available...perhaps, a bit too eager! One contestant didn't see the end of the stage and fell right off the end of it. Louis rushed over to the contestant to make sure he was okay.
One contestant in the Girls category sang One Direction's Perfect, earning her praise from Louis, after some teasing by Robbie Willaims who said he'd always been a fan of The Wanted (One Direction's arch nemesis). Louis called the contestant's version, "a brilliant, brilliant version of this song".
Fans continue to rave about Louis' judging style, saying he's "too kind to everyone and just wants to help everyone".
Louis’ just too kind to everyone and just wants to help everyone, I love him so much 😭💗— Sara ◟̽◞̽ (@Booseyes) August 2, 2018
Louis keeps turning his chair around to listen to the audience <3 he’s so sweet and he really pays attention to what the audience has to say— lucia (@onthefloorhs) August 2, 2018
Louis is so amazing as a judge I’m always blown away he is so fucking good— lucia (@onthefloorhs) August 2, 2018
Although Louis had lamented how "brutal" the process was, he did end up swapping out a contestant for another contestant who did an "amazing" cover of Isn't She Lovely.
Fan reports said that Anthony Russell, a contestant from last year that Louis had contacted and mentored after he left the show, made it through, earning a chair and a standing ovation.
Louis pressed the Golden Buzzer for a contestant. The Golden Buzzer puts that contestant in one of the six chairs and they can't be bumped out. It's an automatic pass to the Judge's House. That is some big buzzer energy from Louis!
The contestants even had some advice. Louis seemed to enjoy this contestant's advice to everyone to "be who you are".
A drag queen performed and earned a standing ovation.
Picking his six contestants to move on to the Judge's House seemed super hard for Louis!
The contestants are fighting for chairs and Louis looks so conflicted cause they’re all so good you can see how much it stresses him out to have to pick one over the other :(— lucia (@onthefloorhs) August 2, 2018
There was apparently a sing-off between two contestants.
Louis and his lad squad that he'll be mentoring gathered at the end.
Whew. What a day!
Looks like Louis was "buzzin'" on Day 2 of the Six Chair Challenge! Tomorrow is the last day of the Six Chair Challenge. If you've missed any of our X Factor audition coverage, you can check out our X Factor Photos and Videos pages or read the wrap-ups from the auditions so far.
Here's a throwback to a behind the scenes from when Steve Aoki and Louis performed Just Hold On on the X Factor Finale.