One Direction, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony. Global household names that were formed, moulded and collectively sold 400 million records. Their history rooted in the X Factor!
But what goes into making a world-dominating band? Enter The X Factor: The Band, lifting the lid on the entire process and journey of creating a band! You're coming along for the ride with Simon and Nicole, where either a girl group or boy band will be crowned the nation’s new pop sensations… in just a matter of weeks!
Simon and Nicole’s expertise when it comes to successful pop groups is second to none – with Simon infamously guiding the careers of world-dominating groups during his illustrious career, and Nicole as a member of globally successful girl group Pussycat Dolls, who have just reunited after a decade apart.
The pair will be joined by a host of music industry stars, including Leona Lewis and Ella Eyre as well as super-producer Naughty Boy. The nation’s favourite host Dermot O’Leary also returns to oversee proceedings and to give his legendary hugs to those auditioning.
The show goes back music business basics, starting with would-be superstars auditioning in Simon’s office at Sony HQ. Here, hopefuls audition in front of the music mogul, Nicole and a panel of music industry advisers which includes Naughty Boy, multi-platinum selling songwriter, Carla Williams and Grammy-winning producers Lil’ Eddie and Fred Ball.
Successful auditionees who make it through this stage then face the next big challenge, arena auditions in front of thousands in Birmingham!
For this part of the competition, Simon and Nicole are joined by guest judge and X Factor legend, Leona Lewis!
The Judges will also be joined by the music industry experts again, who (as well as Carla, Naughty Boy, Eddie and Fred) also include the Brit Award-winning artist, Ella Eyre.
It will be here that both the boy and girl band will be created by the Judges, before the two groups go head-to-head in a Live Final. The winning group will receive the prize of a life-changing and coveted record contract!
It's safe to say the bands will be in great hands! Don't miss X Factor: The Band tonight, 9th December on ITV & STV at 8:30pm.