Saturday 1 October 2016

The X Factor 2016: All you need to know

Published 16/08/2016 | 14:10

Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Dermot O'Leary will return to the show
Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Dermot O'Leary will return to the show
Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Croke Park in Dublin, ahead of the Dublin auditions for the upcoming series of the X Factor. Photo: Garrett White/PA Wire
Sharon Osbourne
Louis Walsh arrives at Croke Park in Dublin, ahead of the Dublin auditions for the upcoming series of the X Factor. Photo: Garrett White/PA Wire

This year's X Factor - everything you need to know

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When is The X Factor on TV?

The official start-date has not yet been announced, but in recent years the show has usually begun in late August, on or around the bank holiday weekend.

Sharon, Louis and Simon are back together

Original X Factor judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh are returning to the show, to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel. Walsh was a continuous presence on the show for the first 11 series, but unexpectedly quit last year. “I'm not hanging around for them this year because I want to go back to being a manager,” he explained at the time. “But I wasn't sacked, I haven't been hired and I'm not hanging around."  Osbourne initially left the show in 2007, but returned for one more series in 2013.

Last year, the show’s ratings reached an all-time low, averaging 7.85m viewers per episode. The X Factor’s audience has dwindled year-on-year since its peak in 2010, but producers will certainly be hope that the return of Osbourne and Walsh will buck this trend.

What lies ahead for Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell?

Singer and actress Nicole Scherzinger, who joined the judges’ panel for series nine and 10, is returning to the show after two years away. Simon Cowell was not on the panel during her last stint on the show, so fans eager to see what kind of chemistry there will be between the two.

There have already been reports of him teasing Scherzinger during the show’s auditions; last month, Cowell “hacked” her Twitter account, using it to tweet: “I DEMAND YOU TELL ME I AM GORGOUS.” Scherzinger seemed to take the joke in good spirits, tweeting “lesson learnd… never leave you're phone unattended next to @SimonCowell.”

Dermot O’Leary is in

When Dermot O’Leary left The X Factor in 2014, after seven years hosting the show, it looked like he might be gone for good. But just a year later, he’s back – and he’s now the highest-paid presenter on British television, after reportedly signing an £8 million deal for the next four years with ITV.

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs are out

After just a single series presenting the show, singer Olly Murs and Strictly winner Caroline Flack are bowing out. The show’s ratings slumped considerably under Murs and Flack’s tenure in 2015, but Murs insists his only reason for quitting the programme was in order to focus on recording new music. “It's been one big adventure and I loved every minute of it,” he said. “But my heart belongs to music and I want to concentrate 100 per cent on making my next album and getting back to performing.”

Nick, Cheryl and Rita have packed their bags

Nick Grimshaw announced in February that he would also be quitting the show, after just one series on the judging panel. His fellow judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole) have also quit the series since last year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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