X Factor Judges

A revamped boot camp will march its way onto our screens this weekend as X Factor contestants face the big twist.

The hopefuls who made it through the auditions round will be walking into a new boot camp format. For the first time ever it will be revealed which category each judge has before the boys, girls, groups and overs perform in front of the judges.

However in the biggest shake-up to the X Factor in years, the six acts chosen to go through to the judges’ houses stage won’t be safe until ALL acts in each category have sung. This gives the judge a chance to replace a ‘safe’ act with someone who performs better during boot camp.

It is thought that long-time judge Louis Walsh has been given the boys category – putting him in the ring with a good fighting chance of winning the show. Walsh, who announced that this series will be his last, last won in 2005 with Shayne Ward.

Nicole Scherzinger will oversee the girls as Gary Barlow has the groups for the first time. Returning judge Sharon Osbourne (pictured below) will be hoping to work her magic on the overs category.

X Factor Sharon Osbourne

The changes to X Factor for its tenth series came after the reality show began losing viewers to BBC One dance rival Strictly Come Dancing. Problems began in 2011 when it was confirmed that Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue wouldn’t be returning.

Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos were brought in as the ‘new generation’ as the show tried a new direction. However ratings began to drop without the magic of Cowell and co.

The changes so far have paid off for ITV and Cowell as ratings are marginally up on last year. However, with Strictly Come Dancing now on everyone’s lips as it returns for a new series this weekend, the battle is well and truly on.

X Factor airs Saturday at 8.20pm and Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV / STV / UTV

Images: Thames/ITV

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