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Despite diminishing viewing figures and the impending loss of two of its judging panel, Simon Cowell's weekend entertainment goliath The X Factor has been renewed by ITV for three more years. Here, we take a glance into the future to try and predict what treats might be in store by the time we reach 2016.
Initial auditions are held in Matt Cardle's garage
In a bid to make the show feel even more gritty and authentic, and to pick up on the pop zeitgeist of using Diy props following Miley Cyrus's hammer-licking escapades in 2013, contestants now perform in a garage owned by 2010 winner Matt Cardle (the mooted 2017 venue is Wagner's allotment). Each contestant must choose a garden implement »
- Michael Cragg
We're already into our third week of X Factor live shows, so it's time to inject a little bit of Hollywood glamour into proceedings - enter Movie Week! This has always been a good one for Louis Walsh's rulebook (or, alternatively, Louis Walsh's bizarre choice of a song from Gummo) so let's hope for some more drama tonight.
Well, Digital Spy will be here to bring you all the action, so join us when the show starts at 8pm on ITV to find out what's going down as Hollywood meets X Factor. And make sure you to get in on the fun by leaving your comments below and on our Twitter page...
21:57So that's that then! »
Gary Barlow casually announced his intention to quit The X Factor midway through an assessment of Rough Copy's cover of Phil Collins's 'In The Air Tonight' on Saturday evening, providing a rare flicker of excitement in a weirdly uneventful opening weekend for series 10's Live Shows.
After three years as the head judge on the ITV talent show, the Take That star has decided to hang up his mentoring boots and head back to touring and piano-tinkling as a solo act and with Mark, Howard, Jason (and possibly Robbie).
His track record on the show isn't much of a CV to brag about (Cocozza, The Maloney, Craig bloody Colton), but Barlow's serious-face has been a useful ying to the bonkers yang of Louis Walsh and co.
So who can possibly fill his boots when series 11 (yes 11!) rolls around in 2014? Here are our five best guesses.
1. Simon Cowell
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