Needless to say, we were NOT expecting this kind of switch-up!
But it's a season of CHANGE this year on The X Factor, so we're gonna embrace it!
As we all know, the reality competition divides its contestants by age and gender and assigns them to a specific group, each under the watchful mentorship of a judge on the panel!
Last year, Simon Cowell took the female solo singers ages 12 to 29, L.A. Reid the male, Paula Abdul the groups, and Nicole Scherzinger the over 30s, which had us pretty curious to see which categories new team members Demi Lovato and Britney Spears would land!
However, according to sources with the show, the group categories have been completely re-formatted, and now ALL categories are based solely on age!
So HERE is the new run-down, folks: