X Factor 2017 spoilers! First finalist revealed?!

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The X Factor 2017 may not have started on TV yet but a potential live show contender has already been revealed.

Brad Howard is said to have made it through to at least judges' houses after last week's six chair challenge.

The model, actor and singer has already been in the public eye before when he dated Michelle Keegan, who is now married to Mark Wright.

Brad and soap star Michelle had dated for two years before splitting in 2010.

Now The Sun reports he's set to take a turn in the spotlight on The X Factor this year.

The tabloid says that Brad made a successful appearance at the six chair challenge last weekend, making it through to the next stage of the competition.

An insider claimed: “Brad made it to the Six Chair Challenge.

"This is the start of big things for him with The X Factor as he is now a step closer to the live rounds.

“He has a lot of talent and is determined to make it big as a musician.”

At the six chair challenge the contestants in each of the four categories singer for their mentors who must pick just six to give a seat in the next round.

But it often proves tense and brutal as the judges switch and swap contestants in the seats before making their final selection.

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Those who make it through the six chair challenge will go on to judges' houses and potentially the live shows.

The X Factor will air on ITV in the summer.

No exact start date has been confirmed just yet but typically the show launches at the end of August.

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