As well as announcing Cheryl Cole’s return to The X Factor during a press conference in London yesterday, Simon Cowell also revealed some juicy titbits about the forthcoming series of the ITV show.
This will be the first time we’ll have seen the music mogul on the panel since 2010 and we had expected him to shake things up, as he usually does. However the new dad insisted that most things will remain the same. Except for the panel of course.
We don’t yet know who will be joining Cheryl and Simon, however currently Rita Ora and Olly Murs look like favourite contenders for the seats. Louis Walsh is hoping to make a comeback too, however yesterday Cole admitted that she’d rather not work with the Irish star and Cowell revealed that he’s promised to giver her input. Could we be about to experience our first Louis-less X Factor? It seems that way!
Other things we know:
– Dermot O’Leary will be back and hosting the ITV show as normal. We’re hoping his dances will be back for the live rounds too, but this has not yet been confirmed.
– The auditions will once again begin with closed room rounds, where the judges listen to hopefuls in a small hotel setting, before choosing the best for the bigger arena tryouts.
– The tense “six chair challenge” will be back for bootcamp rounds. The challenge sees judges finding out their categories in this penultimate audition stage. They then listen to their acts perform, before picking just six to take through to judges houses. There were plenty of tears and drama last year as the panellists filled up their six seats at the side of the stage, only to have to change their lineup and boot previously successful singers off in favour of a later performing contestant.
– Simon is planning some changes and he’s hoping the new energised vibe of the show will help him beat Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings this year. The boss man admitted that it was obvious from the off last year that Sam Bailey was going to win and he thinks that killed some of the excitement.
– Fans that love the X Factor funny acts – think Jedward, Wagner, Johnny Robinson – need fear not. Even if Louis Walsh is axed Simon will make sure there are some born entertainers on the lineup. “We call them characters. I love Wagner, I thought he was hilarious,” he laughed.
– While it was recently reported that Cheryl demanded to be the only female judge on the ITV show, she’s rubbished those claims and insisted that she wants another ‘strong woman’ on the panel. She would preferably like this lady in place of Louis Walsh.
Are you excited about the new X Factor series? Do you think Cowell and Cole can turn things around? Leave your comments below….