10 Aug 2010
Multi BAFTA-award winning entertainment show The X Factor returns for a seventh series, exploding onto screens on Saturday 21 August at 7:30pm, now in high definition on ITV1 HD.
This year, a series of guest judges will join Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole as they audition thousands of hopefuls at arenas across the country in front of a live audience. Dannii Minogue will return to her judging duties at the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition.
Joining Simon, Louis and Cheryl at the auditions will be Geri Halliwell (Glasgow), Natalie Imbruglia (Birmingham), Pixie Lott (Cardiff), Katy Perry (Dublin) and Nicole Scherzinger (Manchester and Bootcamp). Dermot O’Leary returns as host and will be on hand to celebrate with the successful acts and commiserate with those who don’t get through the various stages. Konnie Huq joins as the new host of The Xtra Factor on ITV2.
Once again, the contestants audition in four categories: Boys (16 - 24 years), Girls (16 - 24 years), Overs and the Groups. Each judge will ultimately mentor one of the categories.
With Cheryl triumphant for the last two series with Alexandra Burke and last year Joe McElderry, the pressure is on the other three to pick the act they hope will go on to win the series for them. Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy says: "The X Factor returns to our screens and this time round viewers will be able to see all the glitz, glamour, tears and tantrums in high definition on ITV1 HD".
Richard Holloway, Director of Entertainment at talkbackTHAMES and Executive Producer of The X Factor commented: "It’s incredible to think that there’s still so much new and untapped talent out there. Our guest judges have added a new dimension to auditions, and we’re delighted that such amazing acts continue to audition for their chance in the spotlight".
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