Fans of The X Factor will know that in the wake of less than impressive viewing figures during last year’s series, boss Simon Cowell ordered an overhaul of the show in a bid to return it to the original format which was a hit with viewers…
And to that end, it was mooted that one “back to basics” move in the pipeline was to end auditions in front of live audiences at major venues in the UK and instead, have wannabes audition in a small studio in front of only the judges.
And apparently that is in fact what’s going to happen, and as in the early days of the show, the hopefuls won’t sing to backing tracks; it’ll be just them, their voice and the judges. However, singers who make it through to Boot Camp will then face a live audience.
The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “Wannabes will have to face the judges in an “intimate setting” and perform a-cappella, just like in the show’s early days.
“But they will then have to impress the judges at a SECOND audition in front of a live audience before getting put through to the Boot Camp stage.”
A spokesman said, “We can confirm the audition rooms will be returning to the X Factor as one of a number of exciting changes.”
And a senior show source added. “Fans wanted changes this year — and we’re giving them what they want.
“The a-cappella auditions were classic X Factor and really gave the judges an insight into whether acts were any good.
“It also better showcased some of the weird and wacky people we get, whose performances got lost in the arena auditions. The plan is to have the best of both worlds.”
Other changes afoot include of course a shake-up of the judging panel, and possibly having the show start later in the year in September.
Here’s a reminder of the old audition format…