The X Factor App is back for 2016

Your essential companion for this year's show returns as the official X Factor App is now available for iOS, Android smartphones and tablets.

Download now to play-along live with the world's biggest talent show and get all The X Factor updates with an exciting new highlights area bursting with extras you won't want to miss.

App FAQs 2016

Is Fifth Judge back this year?

The Fifth Judge element of The X Factor app is back. During each show you can have your say on each act and react to big moments via the following methods:

Quick poll – Multiple choice polls during each episode.

Trivia – Test your X Factor knowledge against the clock. Points are awarded for a correct answer within the time limit.

Predictor – Decide if you think an act will or won’t make it through to the next round. Points are awarded for correct predictions.

Rater – Hold your finger on the rate button until the light reaches your chosen emotion or statement.

Decision time - Have your say on whether or not you would put a particular act through.

You will be rewarded for your efforts and appear on our app leaderboard - you can view your position against your friends or against all of the Fifth Judges'.

How do I log into the app?

You can log into the app via Facebook or Twitter. The social media site you most recently logged in with will be used to display your avatar.

Where will my Facebook profile picture or Twitter avatar appear in the app?

By logging into the app via Facebook or Twitter, you agree for your image and name to appear in the app to your Facebook friends or to the people you follow on Twitter who are also logged into the app.

What are the silhouettes I can see in the Fifth Judge area?

Anyone who is logged into the app but are not your Facebook friends or followed by you on Twitter will appear as a silhouette in the Fifth Judge area.

How do I earn points?

You can earn points by predicting correctly whether or not a performer or band will get through to the next stage of the contest. You can also gain points by correctly answering trivia questions.

The app doesn’t work?

Please check which operating system your device is running.

iOS

The X Factor app runs on iOS 9.0 and later versions. Please upgrade your operating software if you are using iOS 8.0 or below.

Android

The X Factor app runs on versions 4.1 and later. Please update your operating software if you using an earlier version.

If you have any questions or require any further assistance, please visit www.itv.com/help

Sharon Osbourne dishes on her love/hate relationship with Simon!

Sharon Osbourne has revealed it “feels good” to be back on The X Factor Judging panel, teasing that this year’s series promises to be the most fun.

When asked if she had any reservations about making her return, Mrs O stated: “I think if we’re having fun then the people at home will have fun. If they see that you are really into it and love doing what you do, then it really comes off. You can’t fool the public, they are way too smart.”

Louis Walsh: ‘This is the best X Factor Judging line-up ever!’

After taking a break last year, Louis Walsh has revealed it feels “amazing” to make his return to The X Factor panel, especially as he’s back with his “favourite Judges ever”.

Speaking of how Simon convinced him to take back his seat, Louis said: “Simon and I talk all the time, we’re always good friends and even last year during the show I would call him up and he would just laugh at me every night.

Nicole Scherzinger on her X Factor return: ‘I made Simon sell his soul to the devil’

Nicole Scherzinger has confessed that being back on this year’s X Factor Judging panel “feels like home sweet home”… even if Simon had to do some grovelling!

Speaking of her comeback ahead of this weekend’s show, Scherzy said: “It’s a great feeling on the panel, a really natural, family, homey vibe, nothing is forced and there’s a lot of positive, fun energy.”

Simon Cowell reveals what he REALLY thinks of his fellow Judges

After welcoming back some familiar faces on this year’s X Factor Judging panel, Simon Cowell has confessed that working with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger has been “like a little reunion”.

Speaking ahead of the new series, which kicks off on ITV this weekend, the music mogul said that Twitter made him realise just “how much the viewers missed everyone”.

They're back! Check out the all new X Factor Judges and Hosts pics

The X Factor 2016 Judges pose with returning Host, Dermot O'Leary

It's ALMOST that time of year again!

This time around, Simon has recruited the help of Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger in a bid to find the next big singing superstar, with Dermot O'Leary also returning as host.

And, if all those famous faces wasn't enough, Rylan Clark-Neal makes his comeback to The X Factor, swapping singing to front The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson! Check out the all new images of the gang below...

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Want to know more about our new digital presenter Roman Kemp? Well, look no further!

Seeing as Roman will be bringing fans ALL the exclusive backstage action from this year's series, we've done some research to get to know him just that little bit better!

So, who is his famous godfather? Why should our Judges be VERY wary of him? And which cartoon character is he petrified of? Find out all of this and more below...