The X Factor 2017 start date has been revealed
ITV has revealed when exactly The X Factor will be returning to our screens this year.
In a video clip uploaded to Twitter, host Dermot O’Leary confirmed the start date to be September 2 at 8pm, meaning the ITV series will kick off a week prior to BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) August 23, 2017
The presenter teased: “We have singing, we have dancing, we have me…singing and dancing.
“Find out what it’s all about, when we return to ITV on 2nd of September.”
The new series will see Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh all make a comeback to the panel and, although the judges remain the same, it has been said there are going to be some other major changes this year.
According to The Sun, there will be drastic alterations to the format of the ITV series, with only six live shows instead of the usual ten. Contestants will also be eliminated on both the Saturday and the Sunday show, rather than a performance-only Saturday followed by the Sunday results.
Additionally, exciting changes will be made to the early stages of the show as Simon plans to hold the first auditions at Thorpe Park!
An X Factor source revealed: “Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed.
“The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring.
“ITV believes transforming it is the right decision. It means all singers will perform on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with acts being eliminated both nights.
“They are doing the Thorpe Park auditions early on too, because producers think the unconventional location will create some funny footage. They want to get shots of the judges on white-knuckle rides.”
The X Factor returns September 2 at 8pm on ITV.