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The X Factor Exclusive Sneak Peek: The 'Four-Chair Challenge' -- There Will Be Tears!

The X Factor unveils its new middle round, the Four-Chair Challenge, tonight (8/7c on Fox), and from the following exclusive video preview, it looks like tensions will run higher than a stalled elevator full of Republican and Democrat legislators.

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Press play below to get the scoop on how category by category, contestant by contestant, the Season 3 Top 40 will take the stage — and either get sent to a “chair of safety” or be eliminated on the spot. The twist? Even contestants who score chairs won’t be safe until after the final act from his or her category has performed. And from the looks of it, the audience isn’t exactly reticent with its opinions.

As Mario Lopez’s voiceover promises: “It’s never been so dramatic, so emotional and so intense.” So check out the sneak preview, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

Are you excited for the Four-Chair Challenge? Is there a particular Season 3 act you’re really hoping will make it through to the live rounds? Sound off below!