We told you that there would be changes on this year’s X Factor series and some details of these are starting to be leaked.
Simon Cowell recently revealed that he was planning to tweak and amend every area of the ITV show, after it drastically lost millions of viewers last year.
He told The Radio Times that he is aware the public want something fresh and different from him and insiders have claimed that as well as a new audition setup, this year’s bootcamp will also be altered.
The judges houses stage always sees mentors taking their last few hopefuls abroad, to some pretty exotic locations, while they whittle their groups down for the live shows.
Apparently, they’ll be heading off to the sun sooner this year and a source told Star magazine that the last stage of bootcamp will take place outside of the UK.
“The judges’ houses episodes are always the most watched, so they are keen to duplicate that at the Boot Camp stage.”
“After all, it’s much nicer see in the acts perform with a beautiful sunny backdrop rather than a dull, rainy old England
Other changes will start sooner in the process and it’s been claimed that those auditioning for the judges this year, will first perform in a small room, with no backing track for the four stars, before progressing to an auditorium if they’re deemed good enough.
The judging panel will also have a bit of a shakeup, as Simon confirmed this week that Tulisa Contostavlos has been dropped and will be replaced.
Nicole Scherzinger may not be back either, as she has admitted that she’s torn between her music and TV career and isn’t sure she can give her best to either, while pursuing both.
It’s thought that Louis Walsh will be back for his tenth run, though Simon had to agree with ITV bosses that if they allowed him to return, they could also offer a contract to take That star Gary Barlow.
Gaz is said to be in negotiations with the team right now, but has apparently insisted that if he does come back, he wants less joke acts like Rylan Clark featured.
Phew! That sounds like a lot of shaking up but in the end, David Walliams thinks the X Factor needs just one thing to being it back to it’s glory days. He is sure that the public are missing Simon Cowell from the panel!
What do you think X Factor fans? We want to hear your thoughts about and hopes for the new series in the comments section below….