The X Factor 2011 starts in less than 10 days time and show bosses have promised that this year's show will become more like Big Brother. Featuring lots of "fly-on-the-wall action", contestants will be filmed not only during their performances, but also at every step throughout their journey – including in the house.
Sources previously revealed that the show's new production team - including execs who've previously spent time coming up with wacky Bushtucker trials on I'm A Celebrity - wanted to make the eighth series more like the reality hit Big Brother, with the contestants under 24/7 scrutiny.
"We’re exposing everything,” a source told the Daily Star previously.
And in a bid to keep the all the moments natural and revealing, the cameras will be hidden. “The contestants know they are being filmed at all times but by putting the cameras out of sight they might drop their guard," the insider added.
But it's not just the contestants that will be in the spot light, with the secret cameras focusing just as much on judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh.
“We have decided to give fans a spy-eye view," another source told The Sun. "We’re hoping to catch all the action – and the judges had better behave. We want full exposure.”
In fact, it's been claimed that the tiny cameras will “monitor all off-screen activity, allowing viewers to see the rows, diva strops, backstabbing, tantrums and romances as they happen.”
And romances are another thing set to change on The X Factor this year, with The Sun claiming bosses have encouraged contestants to get together in order to "sex up" the show.
The idea is said to have come from the show’s new executive producer Beth Hart, who joins the show to help with Simon Cowell now working in the states.
Meanwhile it's been revealed that the new cameras have already been proving a good move, with two auditionees caught snorting cocaine before going out onstage to face the judges. “This was jaw-dropping stuff. No one knew what to do,” a source said earlier this month.
Another source told how the crew had also caught hopefuls pinching make up and perfume in the dressing rooms: “It has been really funny for the crew watching people slipping stuff into handbags. It’s often the people you would least expect – the quieter folk.
“They seem to forget they’re being filmed, although they’ve all been warned there are cameras behind the mirrors.”
With last year's series becoming the highest rated to date, the producers have gone out their way to spice up the show to keep it fresh. With a new panel, new look and a refreshed format, The X Factor 2011 is set to be a hit.
It all kicks off on August 20.