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  • Summary: A UK based music reality show with a difference: "anyone and everyone can audition". The contest is open to 4 different categories: under 28 Girls, under 28 Boys, over 28, and groups. The current judges are Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. The Judges: Simon Cowell: - in the past 10 years, he has sold 90 million records for various artists and racked up 35 number 1 singles! - best known as the judge from Pop Idol in the UK and American Idol in the US - has appeared on The Simpsons

    Cheryl Cole: - replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the show just before the start of the 5th series. Cheryl's group Girls Aloud was discovered on the show Popstars: The Rivals which spawned The X Factor and having been through the process herself, offers valuable experience to the contestants she mentors.

    Louis Walsh: - he's the man behind such pop acts as Boyzone, Westlife, Samantha Mumba and Girls Aloud - has had 21 number 1 singles - is best known as the judge on Popstars: Ireland and Popstars: The Rivals

    Dannii Minogue: - At 35 years of age, Dannii has been performing professionally for 28 years. Her first success came when she performed on the Australian entertainment show, Young Talent Time. By 16, Dannii had a record deal and had begun work on her debut album Love and Kisses.

    Former judge Sharon Osbourne left the show before the start of the 5th series in 2008.

    ROUND 1: The Auditions
    In the first round, each of the contestants must audition for the judges. They either go through to the next round or go home . ROUND 2: Boot Camp
    In the second round of the contest the judges are each assigned a category to mentor. Each judge will then get to assemble a team of people to help turn their wannabes into stars! The contestants will then be put through a boot camp and afterwards only 8 will remain in each category.

    ROUND 3: Judges' Home Visits
    Next, the remaining contestants will get to live the life of luxury with their mentors! But it won't be all fun and games as the mentors must whittle their teams down to just 3 each .

    ROUND 4: Live Shows
    The 12 remaining contestants/groups will now get the chance to showdown live on ITV1 along with a wildcard pick by each judge. Week by week more contestants will be voted off the show and we will eventually find out who Britain thinks has got The X Factor!
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
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