TV: itv confirm The X Factor return details.

itv have confirmed details for the return of The X Factor.

The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show, is a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.

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The channel have cut down the length of the audition shows, which will now last 75 minutes. The first episode airs on Saturday 1st September at 8pm.  It will be followed by a new series of The Jonathan Ross Show. There will be a 60 minute Sunday show every week as well, starting Sunday 2nd September at 8pm, followed by itv's huge new drama Vanity Fair, airing at 9.

Returning as host is Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.

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This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. This is all before the competition really heats up and culminates with the live shows later in the year.

Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.