Published: Sat 02 Aug 2014
The X Factor 2014
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The UK’s biggest search for a music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV this Autumn.
The nation’s most talked about entertainment show sees former ‘frenemies’ Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini reunited on the judging panel. They are joined by new signing, straight-talking Spice Girl Mel B, and renowned music manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series.
Dermot O’Leary is also back to host the show, with Radio DJ Sarah Jane Crawford presenting the ITV2 spin off the Xtra Factor.
This year’s series has auditioned performers in four cities across the UK – Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Once again, hopefuls are tackling two audition rounds, starting with the intimate closed rooms, in which they find themselves eyeball-to-eyeball in front of the judges. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’, they then sing at Wembley Arena to prove they can impress a live audience.
The X Factor has spawned numerous worldwide music artists, who together have sold more than 150 million records to date. The show’s alumni include One Direction, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, JLS, Little Mix, Ella Henderson and Cher Lloyd.