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Sharon Osbourne arrives at Fountain studios for x factor rehearsals ahead of this weekend's live show at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Friday 14th October 2016

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Sharon Osbourne
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Nicole Scherzinger stopping to welcome the crowd at Wembley Arena for the The six chair challenge. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th July 2016

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Fifth Harmony - x factor USA girl group Fifth Harmony perform live at G-A-Y at G-A-Y at Heaven, x factor - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th April 2016

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Fifth Harmony

Alien Uncovered, Yasmin , Temple - The X Factor finalists arrive at Fountain Studios for their last rehearsal before the first live show at The X Factor - London, United Kingdom - Friday 30th October 2015

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Alien Uncovered, Yasmin and Temple
Alien Uncovered, Yasmin and Temple

Caroline Flack May Miss The First 'X Factor' Live Show With Flu


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Caroline Flack, co-host of ‘The X Factor’, may miss out on presenting the first of the current series’ live shows because she’s struggling to shake off a bout of the flu.

A source told The Sun [via the Mirror] on Wednesday (October 28th) that Flack was bed-ridden and may not recover in time to host this weekend’s first live shows, leaving co-presenter Olly Murs to do so by himself.

“She hasn’t been feeling well this week at all, and the timing couldn’t be worse, with the first live performances this weekend,” the source revealed. “She has been resting at home and doing everything she possibly can to recover in time to make it on stage with Olly on Saturday night.”

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'X Factor' Contestant Tom Bleasby Sensationally Quits Despite Succeeding In The Six Chair Challenge


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The X Factor’ has been hit with more controversy after one of its contestants, Tom Bleasby, sensationally quit the talent show on Sunday night as scenes were broadcast of him being axed, only to be restored as the crowd reacted negatively to his departure.

The 19 year old from Leeds, who was being mentored by new judge Nick Grimshaw, was shown being replaced during the ‘six chair challenge’ on Sunday night’s show (October 11th). Though he ended up making the cut, Bleasby tweeted “You are literally watching on TV the worst experience of my life” as it was being broadcast.

Sources say that Bleasby told producers on Friday that he didn’t feel confident that he could cope with the pressure of the competition, with one telling the Mirror: “he didn't think he could progress vocally and in terms of his confidence.”

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Louis Tomlinson Among The 'X Factor' Guests For Judges' Houses


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ITV has announced some pretty major names from the pop world as guests for the judges’ houses stage of ‘The X Factor’ over the next few weeks, the biggest of which is former alumnus of the show Louis Tomlinson who’ll be assisting Simon Cowell.

23 year old Tomlinson, who finished in third place on ‘The X Factor’ with One Direction back in 2010, will be helping Cowell choose which singers from the “overs” category will be going through to the live shows later in the series. Tomlinson will be replacing Cowell’s regular aide Sinitta in the chair, and ends speculation linking former judge Louis Walsh with the role.

The newcomers to the judging panel, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, will be joined by ‘Uptown Funk!’ hitmaker Mark Ronson and American pop star Meghan Trainor respectively.

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Olly Murs "Heartbroken" After Splitting With Long-Term Girlfriend Francesca Thomas


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Olly Murs’ professional life is as healthy as it ever was, presenting the new series of ‘The X Factor’ on ITV alongside Caroline Flack and his music career being reactivated in the near future, but behind the scenes the pop star is apparently heartbroken after his three-year relationship with his girlfriend, Francesca Thomas, suddenly came to an end last week.

A report in The Sun on Sunday (September 27th) indicates that Murs, 31, and his 26 year old property developer girlfriend called it a day at some point last week, shortly after enjoying a quick romantic getaway together.

A source close to Murs said: “The split has just happened and it is very raw for Olly, he still feels numb.” It’s thought that the break-up wasn’t acrimonious, but that the pair had simply drifted apart over time, exacerbated by his busy work schedule.

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Is Louis Walsh Set For A Sensational 'X Factor' Return?


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Louis Walsh could be in the frame to return to ‘The X Factor’ amid increasing concerns about flagging ratings. He is reported to be in talks to return to the ITV show in time for the live shows, even though he departed before the current series started.

Rumours have abounded since the start of September that Simon Cowell has been putting in ‘crisis calls’ to Walsh, the man he axed from the panel earlier this year having served on it since the show began in 2004.

A source close to the ITV production has now told The Sun on Thursday (September 24th) that Walsh may now be poised to make a spectacular return as a ‘fifth judge’ – partly to counteract the presence of Nick Grimshaw, whom viewers apparently find “boring” and has reportedly displeased bosses who believe he’s the main reason for the new series’ poor ratings so far.

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BBC Accuses ITV Of Banning 'Strictly Come Dancing' Stars From Their Chat Shows


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More shots have been fired in the Saturday night ratings war, with the BBC accusing ITV of ‘blacklisting’ ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ from appearing on their chat shows in an attempt to bolster the ratings of ‘The X Factor’ through denial of exposure.

Celebrities taking part in the dance competition have allegedly been turned down and denied appearances on the likes of ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Lorraine’ and ‘Loose Women’ in order to stop them from promoting ‘The X Factor’s rival.

Peter Andre Kristina RihanoffPeter Andre and his 'Strictly' dance partner Kristina Rihanoff

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Graham Norton Lays Into 'The X Factor', Claiming That It's Lost "Credibility"


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Graham Norton has savaged ‘The X Factor’ in a new interview, claiming that he’s long since stopped watching the show because “it’s lost its credibility”.

“I haven’t watched ‘X Factor’ the past few years because it just seems so long now – it’s endless,” he said in conversation with the Radio Times. “Also, the people aren’t very good, so to all the judges’ comments of ‘I’d buy your album tomorrow’ you think, ‘You’re never having an album’. You wouldn’t throw 50p at them if they were busking in the tube. I think it’s lost its credibility.”

Ouch. Well, perhaps he should tune in again after all this time, as he seemed to have glowing praise for Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw – who has just become one of the judges on the ITV show.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Calls For Body Shaming To Be Made Illegal


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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has hit back at people in the media commenting on her weight loss, describing body-shaming as “bull****” and calling for it to be outlawed.

Since the 32 year old pop star began promo work last week ahead of her return to ITV’s ‘The X Factor’ last weekend, many fans have expressed concern via Twitter, including no small amount of trolls, and a series of stories about her weight have appeared in the press in that time.

Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniCheryl Fernandez-Versini arriving at 'The X Factor' studios

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ITV Suggests BBC Deliberately Schedules 'Strictly Come Dancing' To Clash With 'The X Factor'


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Director of television at ITV Peter Fincham has suggested that the BBC has been playing a “game” for years whereby it deliberately schedules its dancing competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ against ‘The X Factor’ on Saturday nights in a battle of the ratings.

‘The X Factor’ returns this weekend on Saturday August 29th with its new judging line-up featuring Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, and when ‘Strictly’ kicks off the following weekend (September 6th) the two shows will overlap by 20 minutes.

If trends continue from recent years, where ‘Strictly’ has edged ahead of its ITV rival in the ratings, then ‘The X Factor’ can expect its viewing figures to take a noticeable hit at the end of each weekly programme. “This really matters to us, because we are a commercial business,” Fincham pointed out.

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Rita Ora Warns Female 'X Factor' Contestants Not To Flirt With Simon Cowell


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Rita Ora is fed up with female ‘X Factor’ wannabes flirting with Simon Cowell and is warning them that he is “off the market”.

Ora, who joined ‘The X Factor’ judging panel earlier this year, has spent the last week wading through the official auditions for the new series of the reality show that have been going on around the country. She hasn’t liked what she’s seen from some of the female contestants, however…

“I understand the power, it’s Simon with his T-shirt and jeans and all that, I get it. But there’s a limit you have to have, a bit of decorum you need to hold,” the 24 year old admitted.

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Simon Cowell - x factor 2015 London Auditions held at Wembley Arena - Arrivals at x factor, Wembley Arena - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st July 2015

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Simon Cowell

Rita Ora Moves From 'The Voice' To 'The X Factor'


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After weeks of speculation, it seems that Rita Ora has finally jumped ship from the BBC to ITV, according to insiders, and will be taking up a place on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor’, abandoning ‘The Voice’ in the process after just one year.

The Mirror reports that the 24 year old pop star has accepted the fourth and final judges’ spot, a week after it was suggested that she had been offered £1.5 million to replace the departing Mel B for the 2015 edition.

Rita OraRita Ora has reportedly accepted ITV's offer to become a judge on 'The X Factor'

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Brian Freedman Is Against Nick Grimshaw Joining 'The X-Factor'


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Quotes from former X-Factor judge Louis Walsh this week indicate that the Irish music manager has been replaced by Radio 1 judge Nick Grimshaw on the singing contest, though the decision is already causing dismay amongst senior ranks on the show.

Nick GrimshawNick Grimshaw could be joining The X-Factor as a judge, though Brian Friedman isn't so sure

Brian Friedman, the long-time X-Factor choreographer who has been tipped for the judging panel himself, says Grimshaw doesn't have the experience to mentor the singing hopefuls.

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Caroline Flack and Olly Murs - Olly Murs and Caroline Flack arrive at Event City Manchester for the open rounds of The X Factor Auditions, Manchester at x factor - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Olly Murs and Caroline Flack
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack
Olly Murs and Caroline Flack
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Caroline Flack

Stereo Kicks "Glad To Be Away" From Louis Walsh


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The X-Factor boy-band Stereo Kicks say they are "glad to be away" from their mentor Louis Walsh. The eight-piece group finished fifth on the ITV talent show and Walsh suggested they needed to cull members.

Stereo KicksStereo Kicks singer Tom Mann said the group are glad to be away from Louis Walsh

"We had a bumpy ride because everyone was like, 'Are there too many, are there too many? Obviously Louis didn't exactly help the situation by suggesting that a couple of us should be kicked out of the band," singer Tom Mann told The Sun.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Returning To 'The X Factor' With £500K Pay Rise


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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to The X Factor and has received a hefty pay rise. According to reports, the former Girls Aloud star has negotiated a £500K pay bump. The 31-year-old singer is the first celebrity to be signed as a judge by the show's creator, Simon Cowell, for the upcoming 12th series.

Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniCheryl Fernandez-Versini has signed on to return to The X Factor as a judge. 

Read More: Is Louis Walsh Done With The X Factor After 11 Years?

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Simon Cowell Praises Dermot O'Leary After Presenter Announces He's Leaving 'The X-Factor'


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Simon Cowell has praised Dermot O'Leary after the presenter announced he would no longer be hosting The X-Factor. 41-year-old Leary announced he would be leaving the show on Friday (27th March). The presenter, who has hosted the show for eight years since taking over from Kate Thornton in 2007, informed fans of his decision on Twitter.

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Simon Cowell has praised Dermot O'Leary after the presenter announced he is leaving The X Factor.

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Evicted contestant from the 2014 series of the British TV show the 'x factor' Jay James gave a live performance at the G-A-Y night held at the nightclub 'Heaven' in London, United Kingdom - Saturday 22nd November 2014

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Jay James
Jay James and Jeremy Joseph
Jay James and Jeremy Joseph
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Jay James

Jack Walton - Former contestants on the 2014 series of the British TV show the 'x factor' Lola Saunders and Jack Walton performed live at the G-A-Y event night held at the Heaven night club in London, United Kingdom - Saturday 8th November 2014

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Jack Walton
Lola Saunders, Jack Walton and Jeremy Joseph
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Lola Saunders, Jack Walton and Jeremy Joseph
Jack Walton

Video - X Factor's Stereo Kicks Take Photos With Fans At London Rehearsals - Part 5


One member of x factor boyband Stereo Kicks is seen taking a photo with a female fan with her tablet while excitable chatter from another gaggle of supporters can be heard in the background as they congregate outside a London rehearsal studio.

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Video - Fans Surround X Factor Boy Band Stereo Kicks Outside Rehearsals - Part 2


Fans can be seen clamouring to get pictures with boyband octet Stereo Kicks of 'The X Factor' series 11 as they grouped together outside a rehearsal studio in London. One fan can be heard commenting 'It's not good to be a ginger in this heat'.

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Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer - Legendary 70's American rock band Dr. Hook, featuring 77 year old Ray Sawyer, perform at Vicar Street with a surprise guest singer, x factor entrant Melanie McCabe, in Dublin at x factor - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 27th October 2014

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Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer
Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer
Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer
Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer
Dr. Hook and Ray Sawyer

Stereo Kicks, Casey Cody, Jake Sims and Casey Johnson - 'x factor' contestants Stereo Kicks outside the ITV Studios at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 23rd October 2014

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Stereo Kicks, Casey Cody, Jake Sims and Casey Johnson
Stereo Kicks, Casey Cody, Jake Sims and Casey Johnson

Ella Henderson Earns First U.K. No.1 Album With Chapter One


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Ella Henderson, The X Factor alumnai's, first studio album reached the top spot by outselling its nearest rival by 16,000 copies, and becoming the second fastest-selling female debut record of 2014, just falling behind Sam Bailey's 'Power Of Love.'

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"To be a part of the music industry as a whole is something I'm learning to embrace, just seeing my name up there with other artists I admire and look up to is so surreal in itself," Ella Henderson told the Official Charts Company, "being Number 1 with my very first album is where a dream has met reality- it's a moment in time I will never forget."

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Simon Cowell Reckons One Direction's Success Won't Be Repeated


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As Britain’s premier pop music mogul, Simon Cowell isn’t one to mince his words. Ahead of the first live shows of the current eleventh series of ‘The X Factor’, he is reported to have launched a dismissive broadside against this year’s crop of hopefuls, claiming that none of them stand a chance of emulating the success of One Direction.

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Simon Cowell reckons that none of this year's 'X Factor' contestants can match 1D

Louis Walsh, a fellow judge on the ITV show, told The Sun newspaper: “the most successful group in the show's history is One Direction, and Simon said that what they did 'will never be repeated. I don't think anyone this year is capable of that, but I don't think anyone will do it again.’”

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Cheryl Cole Loves Her Girls - On The "X Factor" That Is


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Wait, is it x factor time again? When did this happen? The mentors – this year’s lineup is Cheryl Cole, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh – got their respective categories on Friday. Unfortunately, not everyone was all too happy about the outcome.

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Cheryl Cole loves her girls. No, that's not a pun.

 

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