The X Factor is a reality competition TV series created and released in the UK. The show is destined to find new talents among ordinary people through public auditions. The owner of the original idea is Simon Cowell The show started airing in 2004 and it’s still on with new episodes aired from August or September until December. The production matters are carried out by FremantleMedia’s Thames together with Cowell’s production company. The release was carried out by ITV network channel with the first season release date on the 4th of September 2004. The show is made up of several main stages that include auditions, several weeks of live shows, semi-finals and the final. One of the spin-offs of the project is The Xtra Factor reality competition TV series released by ITV2. The X Factor season 14 release date hasn’t been announced yet, but further episodes have already been commissioned.
Initially the panel of judges included Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Cowell. Later Walsh was replaced by Brian Friedman for season 4. Dannii Minogue also joined the panel. Walsh got back to the show after the leaving of Friedman. In season 5, Osbourne was replaced by Cheryl Cole. Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa replaced Cowell, Minogue, and Cole in season 8. Nicole Scherzinger replaced Rowland before the finale of season 9. In season 10, Osbourne got back to the show to replace Tulisa. In season 11 Cowell and Cole replaced Barlow and Osbourne. Mel B came to the project to replace Scherzinger. Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw replaced Mel B and Walsh in season 12. Walsh, Osbourne and Scherzinger got back for the 13th season to replace the panel.
The presenters of the show have changed several times. They were Kate Thornton, Dermot O’Leary, Caroline Flack, and Olly Murs. Roman Kemp hosts the show at present.
- Auditions held by the producers. They’re not shown on TV, the aim is to choose the participants for the show.
- Auditions held by the judges held on special arenas and studios.
- Bootcamp. That’s a set of challenges ending in eliminations.
- Judges’ houses. Can be life or pre-recorded.
- Finale live shows.
Here are the main competition stages:
14th Season Air Date
In November of 2013, ITV channel made the official announcement about Cowell signing a contract for three-year broadcast of The X Factor. It’s planned to be released until 2019 for now with the new episode of the 14th season released somewhere in August-September of 2017 according to the annual schedule. When more relevant info appears in the media, you will be notified.