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The X Factor (UK series 14) 2017


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The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from August/September until December. The show is produced by FremantleMedia's Thames (previously Talkback Thames) and Cowell's production company Syco TV. It is broadcast on the ITV network in the UK and simulcast on TV3 in Ireland. The "X Factor" refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The series consists of auditions, bootcamp, judges' houses, several weeks of live shows, semi-finals and the final. The series has a spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor, which airs directly after the main show on ITV2.

Simon Cowell 's camp have hit back at reports that X Factor is to be “rested” in 2017. Cowell and his team woke to newspaper claims that X Factor will be benched by ITV following similar reports that the new boss of the broadcaster may also consider axing the talent show. A spokesman for his record label Syco told the Mirror: “X Factor will not be rested in 2017.” ITV and Cowell's team are currently in negotiations over the future of Britain's Got Talent and X Factor with the deal for both shows running out later this year.

The insider added: “Britain's Got Talent is the number one show on ITV ratings-wise and X Factor is a huge hit with advertisers, not to mention the fact that a peak of nearly 10million watched the final last year.”

Syco hit back after newspaper reports claimed ITV would “rest” the show “because there is no way they can run two singing contests and BGT in the same year”.

X Factor bosses kicked off the call for talented singers to audition for the next series. As usual, you can register to audition either in person at one of a number of cities in the UK or audition online by simply uploading a video. The age limit is 16 once again but if you're 15 right now you can still apply so long as you're sixteen years of age or over by the 1 July 2017. As always, solo singers, groups and duos can all apply and as long as you're old enough there aren't any other restrictions. Those who impress at the open auditions or with their video upload will be invited to the callbacks with the potential to face next year's judging panel. The deadline for online X Factor 2017 applications is currently set for 1 July 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

You can expect much more of Louis Walsh on The X Factor in 2017. When asked by Digital Spy and other media if he'll sign up for more, Louis revealed: "Yes, I'm back next year. I've signed for the next two years." Nicole Scherzinger also seems game to continue on with The X Factor "I can't confirm that I'm going to (be back) but I think if I did return it would have to be with this panel because I'm really close with this panel," she said. "I've really enjoyed myself and we're really close." On top of signing up Louis Walsh for 2017, The X Factor will definitely be bringing back presenter Dermot O'Leary for more of his classic Dermot Dancing.