Friday 6 December 2019

The X Factor will be screened three times in a week, with an extra edition set to clash with the launch of rival Strictly Come Dancing

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Jennifer Gibney attends the red carpet launch for Strictly Come Dancing 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Jennifer Gibney attends the red carpet launch for Strictly Come Dancing 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman
The X Factor panel: (left to right) Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh

Anthony Barnes

The X Factor will be screened three times in a week, with an extra edition set to clash with the launch of rival Strictly Come Dancing.

ITV bosses said they added an extra Friday show as a result of other shows on the network that have squeezed the time available. But it means the singing contest will go head-to-head with the BBC1 show as the couples make their debuts on September 26.

The shows have had one battle already this year, when Strictly - on which Mrs Brown's Boys star Jennifer Gibney is a contestant - was the winner on Sunday night.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell conceded on Monday - when ratings showed the BBC show's average audience was 800,000 ahead - that Strictly won "round one".

Now ITV has confirmed the boot camp and judges' houses stages will play across three consecutive nights.

A new Sunday variety show on the channel and the screening of Downton Abbey mean only one hour is available on the Sunday, so the decision was made to add the Friday.

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