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The X Factor wins ratings battle with 9.7m viewers

Joseph Whelan, during auditions for The X Factor talent show Credit: Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire

The X Factor drew a peak audience of 9.7 million viewers last night, topping the Saturday night ratings.

Between 8.00pm and 9.00pm, The X Factor drew an average audience of 8.8 million viewers or 40 percent share of viewing, the most watched programme of the night.


Tulisa: 'I won't be part of the X Factor panel this year'

The singer Tulisa Contostavlos has tweeted that she "won't be part of the X Factor panel this year":

Her tweet continues: "Just wanted to let you all know that I won't be part of the X Factor panel this year.

"I've had a great time on the show, but this year it's time to do something different.

"I'd like to thank everyone on The X Factor for two amazing years. Stay tuned as I have a very exciting announcement soon!"

Open auditions for groups for the new series are taking place in London today.

Gary Barlow calls time on his personal record label

Gary Barlow began the Future label in 2009 and enjoyed chart success with a handful of singers. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

The X Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he has closed his music label Future Records because he has too many commitments, including his home life.

All of the artists signed up to the Take That star's Future Records are to be taken over by the label's parent company Universal.

Barlow, whose fourth child, Poppy, was stillborn in August, told The Sun: "It's been a very difficult decision but it came down to time. I've had a lot going on recently and I want to spend more time with my family."


William Hill odds on Christmas number 1

According to the bookmaker William Hill, the Christmas number one single race is a two horse race between the Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' and "The X Factor" winner James Arthur's song, Impossible'.

  • The Justice Collective (Hillsborough single) 1/50
  • James Arthur, 12/1

Market trader turned singer, Muhammad Shahid Nazir's viral hit '£1 Fish' has odds of 100/1.

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