Saturday 21 April 2018

More changes for X Factor as nail-biting room auditions scrapped for new series

Janet Grogan
Janet Grogan

Caroline Flack has revealed that the room auditions have been scrapped for the upcoming new series of X Factor.

Speaking at a press conference for ITV2's new series of Love Island, the new X Factor co-presenter said the show would go straight to the arenas.

For the room auditions, contestants had to perform in the intimate, silent surroundings of a small room for just the four judges and the tension was palpable.

However, they will now perform in an arena setting, but Flack says it's the right move, "I think the arenas create loads of excitement.

"For me, when I was there [presenting The Xtra Factor], when you walk into the arena you feel that excitement. It's so good! It's such a good feeling."

Flack will co-present the new series with former Xtra Factor co-host Olly Murs, replacing Dermot O'Leary who presented the show for 11 years from its inception. 

The replacement for Sarah Jane Crawford on The Xtra Factor has yet to be announced.

Also, while Cowell himself is definitely returning the remainder of the judging panel has yet to be confirmed.

Louis Walsh and Mel B will definitely not return and, while a question mark still hangs over Cheryl Fernandez Versini, she is the most likely former face to be back for the new series.

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