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Simon Cowell’s X Factor revamp hits flat note with viewers

2 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora’s debut as judges draws just 7.6 million on Saturday, slipping by a further 1 million on Sunday

Simon Cowell’s overhaul of the X Factor failed to impress viewers with its return on Saturday night attracting the lowest audience for a launch show in a decade.

The new-look show, which featured new judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, attracted an average audience of just 7.1 million viewers on Saturday night.

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- Mark Sweney

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Dannii Minogue wanted to be at X Factor Judges' Houses with Cheryl (but it didn't work out)

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dannii Minogue is keen to come back to The X Factor - but she won't be joining Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at Judges' Houses this year after all.

The singer was keen to appear on the new series of the ITV show, but format changes – which will see the Judges' Houses section of the show go out live – have made it impossible.

The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Minogue said: "I was trying to come back to X Factor here as it fell that I'd be in the country at the same time as the Judges' Houses, so I thought I could join up with Cheryl or something."

The X Factor 2015: The only Cheryl gifs you need from the series premiere

The X Factor Australia judge added: "But sadly they're filming the Judges' Houses live this year, so it didn't work out. »

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The X Factor: What's it like to be backstage at auditions?

13 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"I'm cacking it."

27-year-old Joseph McCaul is backstage at Wembley Arena waiting for his X Factor audition, and it's fair to say he's feeling pretty nervous. And you'd think if anyone would be feeling alright about performing for the judges it would be him.

After all, Joseph has experience: with his sister Donna he was Ireland's Eurovision entry in 2005, and they toured with Westlife and had three Top 10 singles in Ireland while they were signed to Universal.

"We were on the front cover of all the Irish magazines and the papers," he says. "I just thought it was the greatest thing ever, I was 16. It was great. I couldn't walk down the street without getting pictures with people and signing autographs, and then it all went."

This isn't even the first time Joseph has auditioned for The X Factor - he got to Boot Camp a few years ago before »

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The X Factor backstage secrets revealed: The naked truth behind the auditions

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"I'm cacking it."

27-year-old Joseph McCaul is backstage at Wembley Arena waiting for his X Factor audition, and it's fair to say he's feeling pretty nervous. And you'd think if anyone would be feeling alright about performing for the judges it would be him.

After all, Joseph has experience: with his sister Donna he was Ireland's Eurovision entry in 2005, and they toured with Westlife and had three Top 10 singles in Ireland while they were signed to Universal.

"We were on the front cover of all the Irish magazines and the papers," he says. "I just thought it was the greatest thing ever, I was 16. It was great. I couldn't walk down the street without getting pictures with people and signing autographs, and then it all went."

This isn't even the first time Joseph has auditioned for The X Factor - he got to Boot Camp a few years ago before »

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Rita Ora opens up about Seann Miley Moore's 'passionate and individual' X Factor audition

31 August 2015 1:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been an emotional weekend for Rita Ora, who was moved to tears by Seann Miley Moore's powerful X Factor audition last night (August 30).

The judge was impressed by Moore's 'passionate and individual' rendition of the Queen classic 'The Show Must Go On', and opened up about the moving performance in an interview with The Radio Times.

Seann Miley Moore brings the X Factor judges to their feet with powerful Queen rendition

"He walked onto the stage with a meaning, with a message that was about being a misfit and being comfortable," Ora said.

"My whole life growing up I was never the most popular one. I was always a bit different or trying to start something like a revolution in our class or something like that. I think that's what this guy did; he started that for me, [it] felt real."

She went on to say: "He loved it and he was passionate about it. »

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The X Factor review: the new team is getting along famously but the old snarks and smirks live on

30 August 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

‘The biggest four yeses we’ve ever given,’ says Simon Cowell. The emphasis on fun and exuberance makes the exploitative undercurrent all the worse

The big theme of Simon Cowell’s all-new The X Factor (Saturday, Sunday, ITV) is “family”. Over and over, the “new X Factor family” is mentioned, referring to box-fresh judges Rita Ora (newly arrived from The Voice) and Nick Grimshaw (well-connected DJ) plus new presenters Caroline Flack (she won Strictly last year) and Olly Murs (he didn’t win the X Factor in 2009). They joke about which role they all fulfil in their new clan and the relative youth of Ora and Grimshaw is clearly intended to liven everything up – Cowell, who is gradually becoming his own waxwork, included.

During the introductions, Ora is described as “gorgeous”, Cheryl as “gorgeous” and “sexy”, and Grimshaw “probably knows more about music than most”. Cowell is simply “the legend »

- Julia Raeside

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The X Factor 2015 video round-up: Relive the best (and worst) auditions from tonight's show

30 August 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We don't know if we can rewatch tonight's X Factor auditions, you know. From the joyful tears during Sean Miley Moore's performance to the actual sobs after Josh Daniel took to the stage, it was a bit of an emotional one.

But if you're made of sterner stuff than us, here's your episode two video round-up, with the auditions ranked from worst to best...

8. Adriana Deco

"That was about as bad as I've ever seen or heard."

7. Zaiga Melke

At least she has good balance skills.

6. Impulse

"I hope this goes well for you girls." It did not.

5. New Wave

New Wave must have known they were giving the judges a gift by singing 'Bye Bye Bye'.

4. Chloe Paige

Perfectly nice.

3. The First Kings

Some might say it's arrogant to introduce yourself with a flashy video package. The First Kings were good enough to get away with it.

2. Josh Daniel

We haven't quite recovered. »

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The X Factor episode 2 review: Simon struggles and we're not okay

30 August 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We're not okay.

The X Factor has always traded in the past on emotional manipulation - the sob stories, the perfect surging music at just the right moment. It's forever been the televisual equivalent of the "all the feels" meme, but they've been sort of candyfloss versions of feelings - fleeting and confected.

And Simon Cowell has always been the tough member of the panel: the uncompromising, rational judge who might show that he's being moved, but only with a vague awareness that it makes good television.

So the end of tonight's show - in which auditionee Josh Daniel dedicated a song to the friend he lost a couple of years ago - hit us hard, bringing as it did some real genuine emotion far beyond regular The X Factor fare.

Of course, we know that Simon sadly lost his mother Julie just before X Factor auditions began, but after »

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The X Factor 2015: Time for more acts - episode 2 live blog

30 August 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor kicked off in style last night, but there's more to come! We're not hanging around, so eight more acts will audition tonight in an attempt to win over the judges.

We'll be bringing you all the action as it happens, so grab your popcorn and join us on the sofa from 8pm when the show kicks off...

21:01But for now, we'll love you and leave you - stay tuned to Digital Spy for all the X Factor coverage you need!

20:59Phew. We're going to need a big lie down. A big lie down, or a big gin, one of the two. How about you? And what did you think of tonight's show? Keep letting us know by leaving your comments below!

20:57We see Simon backstage, too, handing over his microphone behind sunglasses as Cheryl cries: "I don't know what to do. What do I do? »

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini blasted by X Factor hopeful

30 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

X Factor hopeful Mason Noise is set to land himself in hot water with show bosses after he blasted judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini during a brutal rant on Twitter. The wannabe singer, 21, is concerned for his future in the singing competition after it emerged he had criticised the programme, the brunette panellist and the contestants last year during a series of hurtful jibes uploaded online. Mason, who impressed judges with his rendition of Justin Timberlake's Senorita in last night's show (29.08.15) and received praise across the board, hit out at Cheryl last year after watching her perform on the programme. He »

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The X Factor 2015 review: Have Rita and Grimmy revitalised the show?

30 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The grumbles that The X Factor has lost its touch have been rumbling for a while. And when even Louis Walsh is fed up of the show, maybe you do have a problem.

But like Louis returning for the X Factor promo, we just can't quite let go. We've heard Simon Cowell's grand proclamations of change for years now, so would this time around really be any different?

It's early days, but on the strength of the first episode last night, well, yes.

This is a show both comfortable with its past - nods to Wagner and Tesco Mary - and looking forward to its future. Gone are the sickening X Factor standards, as the judges urge acts to choose something different from the Whitneys and Beyoncés we've heard so often before. Nick Grimshaw even dubs one song "a bit X Factor audition".

And the show's tongue in cheek, »

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X Factor: All the best tweets and comments from the first episode of auditions

29 August 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's back! The first week of X Factor auditions got underway on Saturday (August 29) with the usual revelry taking over Twitter.

There were highs, lows and the usual staple of strange contestants - yes, we'll be seeing more of Techno Susan...

The X Factor 2015 video round up: Relive the best (and worst) auditions from Saturday night's show

Digital Spy was watching Twitter during the show and has compiled the best viewer comments from the first week of X Factor auditions below:

People were excited for the (brief) return of Wagner and his (lack of) backing dancers in the opening credits:

No matter what changes with X factor whether it's judges/presenters etc, 1 thing never changes..Wagner always seems to make an appearance

— Louise Davies (@LouiseeDaviess) August 29, 2015

But miss, miss! He's got dancers! is that allowed?! Wagner never needed them....#justsaying #xfactor

— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) August 29, 2015

If Wagner was allowed backing dancers at his audition, »

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The X Factor 2015: 10 very important teasers about episode two

29 August 2015 4:17 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We've had the big launch episode, but there's yet more X Factor fun to come this weekend - yup, there's another episode tonight! But what can you expect from the show?

1. 4th Power brought a bit of international flavour to episode one, but there are more global acts in tonight's show with auditionees hailing from Poland, Latvia, the Netherlands and Australia.

2. There's a battle of the boybands - but who'll make it through? One of them? Both of them? Or neither of them?

3. An auditionee in tonight's show has an admirable sense of balance. (If that sounds weird, wait until you see it.)

4, One act reduces Rita Ora to tears.

5. "That was about as bad as I've ever seen or heard."

6. One of the judges' pranks doesn't exactly go to plan.

7. Cheryl hugs one of the auditionees.

8. "I've never seen an audition like that on this show."

9. There's a bit »

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X Factor: Louisa Johnson sails through to the next round with "a billion percent yes"

29 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor judges were stunned by 17-year-old Louisa Johnson, who overcame intense nerves with a winning rendition of the Jackson 5's 'Who's Lovin You?'.

The performer, who is from Essex, has been singing since she was a child and idolises former X Factor winner Leona Lewis.

The X Factor 2015: The only Cheryl gifs you need from tonight's show

Despite her initial bout of nerves, judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini encouraged her, and Johnson ultimately encouraged an overwhelming reaction from the audience and the judges with her powerful and impressive voice.

For her fantastic performance, the teenager received four 'yeses', with Cowell sending her through to the next round with an enthusiastic "billion percent yes".

The new series of the X Factor continues on Sunday (August 30) at 8pm on ITV.

Digital Spy gets all the gossip about the new series from the judges below: »

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The X Factor 2015: The only Cheryl gifs you need from tonight's show

29 August 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora might be getting all the attention as the new X Factor judges, but we watched tonight's show with our eye on someone else - Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Her reactions are always an X Factor highlight, so here are Chezza gifs for any occasion from tonight's show...

1. When you know that you can dance like a penguin and still look spectacular

2. When you're feeling cheeky with your mate

3. When you're dancing but don't quite know whether to be happy about it or not

4. When you've seen something shocking, but you kinda like it

5. When you don't know whether to laugh or throw up

6. When your friend tells you some bad news

7. When your clique's favourite song comes on

8. When you think you recognise someone... then realise you don't know them

9. When you just know you're looking fly

10. When you and your squad are feeling badass

11. When someone »

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X Factor: 19-year old student Tom Bleasby stuns with a soulful rendition of 'Make You Feel My Love'

29 August 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

19-year old Tom Bleasby from Leeds won the X Factor judging panel over with a powerful cover of 'Make You Feel My Love'.

The nervous Politics student drew surprise and praise from the panel and the audience after singing his version of the much-loved classic.

The X Factor 2015 Video Round Up: Relive the best (and worst) auditions from tonight's show

Although Simon Cowell was skeptical before his audition, he was ultimately won over and Bleasby received praise from new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw, with the radio host saying he felt "honoured" to witness that performance.

He received a standing ovation from the audience and got four 'yeses' from the judges.

The new series of the X Factor continues tomorrow (August 30) at 8pm on ITV.

Watch Digital Spy's countdown of the 5 angriest auditions ever to grace The X Factor stage (and audition room) below: »

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X Factor: Jennifer Phillips earns a standing ovation after wowing with Mary Mary's 'Shackles'

29 August 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jennifer Phillips got the crowd and judges bouncing, delivering an X Factor audition to remember with a brilliant rendition of Mary Mary's 'Shackles'.

It wasn't plain sailing at the start for the Camden Town contestant, as the judges were put off by her original song choice, Beyoncé's 'Halo'.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini ended up recommending that she sing 'Shackles', and it proved to be an inspired suggestion.

Jennifer got the judges on their feet with her performance, and received a standing ovation at the end.

Ora said that she needed a "constant standing ovation", and Jennifer got four 'yeses' to reach the next round.

The X Factor continues tomorrow at 8pm. »

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The X Factor 2015 launch: It's finally here! Live blog

29 August 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Suddenly, The X Factor is back tonight! It's come around quick, but there's loads to look forward to, from the new judges (Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora) to the new hosts (Olly Murs and Caroline Flack) to the small matter of the new auditionees.

We're on the edge of our seats, so join us from 8pm when the show kicks off as we bring you all the action...

21:31Oh, and Andrew_Billings thinks we should call the whole competition to an end now - because 4th Power have already won! Do you agree? Will you be tuning in again tomorrow? It's bye from us for now... but do keep commenting and stay tuned to DS for all your X Factor coverage!

21:30And of course keep letting us know what you thought of the show! Like, what do you make of Nick Grimshaw? mugwuff reckons he's "great", but Regina »

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Get your face on TV with X Factor's new BopHeads app

29 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

TalkTalk is offering X Factor fans a chance to see their face on the screen with the new BopHeads app.

They have teamed with top directors - who have worked with the likes of Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, and Jessie J - to design some awesome music videos in which you and your friends can take centre stage.

All you need do is download the app from Apple Store or Google Play and select the video style and song of your choice, from a selection including Little Mix's 'Black Magic', John Newman's new single 'Come and Get It' or, if you're feeling a bit retro, Mark Morrison's 'Return of the Mack'.

Record yourself lip-synching along to the track and your video is ready to show off and share with your friends.

TalkTalk will be choosing the best videos to feature in The X Factor »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Where have we seen you before? Housemate lookalikes

29 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Do this year's Celebrity Big Brother housemates remind you of someone? We might just have the answer...

1. Stevi Ritchie & Droopy the Dog

2. Chloe Jasmine & Rhydian from X Factor

3. Janice Dickinson & Steve Tyler

4. Daniel Baldwin & Paul Hollywood

5. Gail Porter & Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc

6. Natasha Hamilton & Ariel from The Little Mermaid

7. Fatman Scoop & Keith from The Office

8. James Hill & Mark Wright

9. Bobby Davro & Jim Davidson

10. Sherrie Hewson & Pam from Gavin & Stacey

11. Austin Armacost & Chris Hemsworth

12. Farrah Abraham & Leela from Futurama

13. Jenna Jameson & Hilary Duff

14. Chris Ellison & Locke from Lost

Celebrity Big Brother airs on Channel 5. Do the housemates remind you of anyone? Let us know below! »

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