The calm before the storm! X Factor 'comeback kid' Sam Black doesn't sport a hint of nerves as he's joined by boyband Rak-Su for rehearsals... before 'FIVE acts will be axed in the first two weeks'

There are reports that The X Factor are set to brutally eliminate five acts in the first two weeks.

But contestants showed no sings of nerves as they headed to the rehearsal studio in London on Tuesday to hone their performances for the first live shows this weekend. 

Comeback kid Sam Black was grinning from ear to ear as he posed with Jay from family band The Cutkelvins - while boyband Rak-Su were hot on their heels. 

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Ready! X Factor comeback kid Sam Black was grinning from ear to ear as he posed with Jay from family band The Cutkelvins as they headed to the rehearsal studio in London on Tuesday

Ready! X Factor comeback kid Sam Black was grinning from ear to ear as he posed with Jay from family band The Cutkelvins as they headed to the rehearsal studio in London on Tuesday

Excited: Boyband Rak-Su looked undeniably trendy as they made their way to the studio 

Excited: Boyband Rak-Su looked undeniably trendy as they made their way to the studio 

Viewers watched on as Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh picked their final three acts to take through to the live shows last weekend.

And those twelve acts, who will be joined by wildcards on Saturday night, seemed to have already become accustomed with the celebrity lifestyle as they posed with fans. 

Contestant Sam, from Louis' category, was dressed in double denim as he headed to the rehearsal studio with The Cutkelvins. 

The boys of Rak-Su looked super trendy as they made their way, while brothers Sean and Conor Price were stopped by a fan for a photo. 

Famous already! Brothers Sean and Conor Price were stopped by a fan for a photo

Famous already! Brothers Sean and Conor Price were stopped by a fan for a photo

Chilling: The Rak-Su members were casually clad in grey sweatpants, socks and sandals
Chilling: The Rak-Su members were casually clad in grey sweatpants, socks and sandals

Chilling: The Rak-Su members were casually clad in grey sweatpants, socks and sandals

Ready to work! Rak-Su's style theme was definitely one of comfort - ensuring that all focus was on honing their performance for their big night 

Ready to work! Rak-Su's style theme was definitely one of comfort - ensuring that all focus was on honing their performance for their big night 

Lloyd Macey put the nerves to one side as he made a stylish appearance in a camel-coloured coat. 

Their appearance comes after reports from The Sun that 'eliminations are going to be coming thick and fast' in a bid to whittle down the talent for the finale in six weeks time.  

Producers are said to be shaking up the X Factor format, with two of the categories performing on Sunday night, and the final two categories taking to the stage the following night.

Trendsetter: Lloyd Macey put the nerves to one side as he made a stylish appearance in a camel-coloured coat

Trendsetter: Lloyd Macey put the nerves to one side as he made a stylish appearance in a camel-coloured coat

Tense: This comes after The X Factor are reportedly set to give five contestants the boot in the first two weeks of live shows

Tense: This comes after The X Factor are reportedly set to give five contestants the boot in the first two weeks of live shows

At least one act will reportedly be sent packing at the end of each night, with a further three being axed the following week.  

A source told The Sun: 'This is set to be a very harsh introduction to The X Factor process with so many heading home so quickly.

'Producers are still finalising the plans, even with the first live show just days away.

End of the road: Viewers watched on as Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh picked their final three acts to take through to the live shows last weekend - but a handful will not have a long run on the show

End of the road: Viewers watched on as Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh picked their final three acts to take through to the live shows last weekend - but a handful will not have a long run on the show

Cut-throat: With a wildcard from each category being revealed on Saturday, it has been revealed to The Sun that 'eliminations are going to be coming thick and fast' in a bid to whittle down the talent for the finale in six weeks time

Cut-throat: With a wildcard from each category being revealed on Saturday, it has been revealed to The Sun that 'eliminations are going to be coming thick and fast' in a bid to whittle down the talent for the finale in six weeks time

'But this is shaping up to be one of the most brutal series,' it was concluded. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for The X Factor for further comment.

The X Factor is on track for it's most tense year yet - all thanks to the highly talented contestants. 

Simon will be mentoring the groups -  Rak-Su, Sean Price and Conor Price and The Cutkelvin.

Dramatic: The last time a large number of acts were sent home in one go was six years ago, when the judging panel at the time, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa, had to eliminate someone from their own category

Dramatic: The last time a large number of acts were sent home in one go was six years ago, when the judging panel at the time, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa, had to eliminate someone from their own category

Home sweet home: The contestants have now moved into a seven bedroom property, based in North London which has previously been the home of superstars such as Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart, and costs £5,000 per week

Home sweet home: The contestants have now moved into a seven bedroom property, based in North London which has previously been the home of superstars such as Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart, and costs £5,000 per week

Lavish: The contestants will call the mansion home until they are voted out of the competition, or the winner is announced in December

Lavish: The contestants will call the mansion home until they are voted out of the competition, or the winner is announced in December

Louis has the boys - Spencer Sutherland, Sam Black and Lloyd Macey.

Nicole will be battling it out with the Overs category - Matt Linnen, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Kevin Davy White.

Sharon will be guiding the girls - Holly Tandy, Grace Davies and Rai-Elle.

Fans were also given the opportunity to vote for one wildcard contestant for each category. The votes closed on Monday 23 September and the results will be revealed on Saturday. 

Nicole's Overs: Matt Linnen, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Kevin Davy White

Nicole's Overs: Matt Linnen, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Kevin Davy White

Louis Boys': Spencer Sutherland, Sam Black and Lloyd Macey

Louis Boys': Spencer Sutherland, Sam Black and Lloyd Macey

The last time a large number of acts were sent home in one go was six years ago, when the judging panel at the time, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa, had to eliminate someone from their own category. 

The contestants have now moved into a seven bedroom property, based in North London which has previously been the home of superstars such as Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart, and costs £5,000 per week. 

They will call the mansion home until they are voted out of the competition, or the winner is announced in December.

The first live show of The X Factor kicks off on Saturday October 28 at 8.20pm on ITV. 

Simon's Groups: Rak-Su, Sean Price and Conor Price and The Cutkelvin

Simon's Groups: Rak-Su, Sean Price and Conor Price and The Cutkelvin

Sharon's girls: Holly Tandy, Grace Davies and Rai-Elle

Sharon's girls: Holly Tandy, Grace Davies and Rai-Elle

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