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With Simon Cowell extending the UK series for another three years, Michael Cragg takes a look into a future of changing judges, social media courses and Matt Cardle's garage

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

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