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Farewell to the home of X Factor: Studio to be demolished after semi-finals

TV's X Factor will this weekend mark the end of an era in popular entertainment with the final ever live broadcast from its London studio.

5 After Midnight at rehearsals today

Fountain Studios in Wembley will shut its doors after Sunday's semi-final results show. The site is being redeveloped as housing.

5 After Midnight at rehearsals today

TV shows were first transmitted from Wembley at the start of ITV in 1955 under the brand of Associated Redifussion and later London Weekend.

Corridor of stars' dressing rooms

The studios were home to some of ITV's best loved programmes of the 1960s and 70s including period drama Upstairs Downstairs, sitcom On The Buses and pioneering pop show Read Steady Go.

Fountain Studios - soon to be demolished

Talents shows Pop Idol, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent continued the legacy, making stars of One Direction, Susan Boyle, Olly Murs and Will Young.

I started here, I did my first ever pilot here when I was still a runner.I got a screen test and the pilot ended up being here. It was my first ever hosting job so it holds a great poignancy and big significance to me.

– DERMOT O'LEARY, X FACTOR HOST
Dressing room of Louis Walsh

It's a sad day because it's a TV studio which is closing down and will not be replaced. Purpose built TV studios are difficult to find.

– RICHARD HOLLOWAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, THAMES TELEVISION

Watch the interview with Richard Holloway in full below.

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