The X Factor on Saturday increased its audience to a series high.

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The new series of the singing talent show achieved its best overnight figures this weekend due to the lack of competition from BBC One. On Saturday, the X Factor averaged 7.8 million viewers (incl. +1) from 8pm.

This was significantly up from last Saturday which faced opposition from the return of Strictly Come Dancing. On Sunday, a further 7.3 million tuned in to watch more auditions. The new series of the X Factor has struggled to pull in viewers from its heyday, despite a change of judges and presenters. Despite being a series high, the X Factor is in fact down year-on-year.

It was revealed in the newspapers this morning that one contestant who featured in last night’s episode has already quit the show. Joe Waller, a 23-year-old primary school teacher, wooed judge Rita Ora with his own song.

However, Waller took to Twitter to reveal that he had decided not to continue to Boot Camp so he could focus on his career but the X Factor team had notified him to say they would be showing his audition anyway.

The X Factor continues next weekend on ITV.

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