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Wednesday 17 September 2014

UK X Factor to air in on US TV

Published 07/08/2014 | 10:50

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The UK version of The X Factor is to air on US TV

The X Factor USA may have got the axe - but the UK edition of the show is set to air on American TV anyway.

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Music entertainment cable channel AXS TV has said it will begin airing the singing contest's 11th season when it begins at the end of August.

X Factor creator Simon Cowell is on the judging panel, along with ex-Spice Girl Mel B, Irish music manager Louis Walsh and pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly known as Cheryl Cole - who was dropped from the X Factor USA as audiences were unable to understand her Geordie accent.

Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson's sister Lizzie Pattinson is said to be among the hopefuls who have auditioned for the latest series of the show.

The X Factor is a hit in Britain and a success internationally, with the format produced in 48 TV markets.

The US version was an exception: Fox's The X Factor USA was cancelled after three seasons because of disappointing ratings. Even Cowell's popularity from American Idol didn't help.

The X Factor will premiere on August 31 on AXS TV, airing at 8 pm EDT on Sunday and Monday, a day after its UK broadcasts.

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