Where has the Xtra Factor been hiding?

Oh dear… when the rest of the UK are getting excited about the new series of Xtra Factor, it seems that one person may well have forgotten where she should be. With ITV allstars like Ant and Dec getting excited, we hope Sarah-Jane Crawford remembers exactly where she needs to be tomorrow night.
Tune into ITV2 at 9.25pm for exclusive interviews, backstage gossip and a brand new presenter.

Free voting introduced to The X Factor app

This year The X Factor fans can vote for free for the first time in the show's history via app, available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The app is free and so is the brand new voting element which becomes available when the live shows start later this year. Paid voting will still be available via landline and mobiles.

If you already have the app, we've updated it for you with the new voting platform, plus exclusive videos, photos, quizzes, games, and the new and improved “Fifth Judge” feature, where you can predict which acts will make it through each stage and give real-time feedback on each performance during the show.

If you don’t yet have the app, what are you waiting for? iOS users download the app here.

For more information about the app and voting please see our app Frequently Asked Questions.

The X Factor returns to ITV 8pm, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August.

Sarah-Jane Crawford adds some Xtra fun to ITV2

Meet The Xtra Factor's new presenter

How excited are you about your new role?
I’m so excited about the new role. It’s a dream job. When I found out I was at the gym getting a protein shake and my agent called me and told me I’d got the job, I screamed and everyone thought I had bought a dodgy protein shake. I just keep reminding myself to enjoy it while it’s happening rather than thinking ahead to the live shows.

How do you think Xtra Factor will be different from previous series?
I just think it will be sassy, there’s going to be way more banter. I’ve got the opportunity to bounce off the new judges and I think this year there’ll be lots more music credibility, we all really know our stuff. And of course the return of Simon and Cheryl which you cannot beat!

Official press launch of The X Factor

Tonight saw the official launch to the press of The X Factor 2014. Amidst a fan frenzy outside, the judges (all except Mel B who was in America) made their way inside London's Ham Yard Hotel for a special screening of the show.