It seems that some idiot at ITV is determined to cause trouble with this year's X Factor schedule.
The series has suddenly decided to air an extra episode this year on Friday, September 27, as had been rumoured yesterday.
It'll air from 9PM to 10PM, going head to head with the first Strictly Come Dancing live show, which will also air from 9PM.
Supposed sources at ITV said they had 'no choice', even though they've managed to cope just fine for the past ten years.
“The plan to spread Boot Camp and Judges’ Houses across three nights has been in place for some time — before we saw the Strictly launch night billing," a source told The Sun newspaper. “These are always longer shows and this year we don’t have the space on Sundays.”
A BBC insider hit back at the rival channel, saying: "They claim they are doing everything to avoid clashes but are playing The X Factor on a Friday for the first time ever when Strictly’s first live show has been on Fridays for years.”
Given X Factor's pummeling at the hands of Strictly's pre-recorded launch show on Sunday, it seems bizarre to face off against the BBC series again, especially up against a live episode.
But most frustratingly, us viewers who want to watch both shows are going to be the ones that really lose out.
Even X Factor boss Simon Cowell admitted that clashes only end up "pissing off" viewers.
He said back at The X Factor press launch last month: “It happens. I always think when people do that, the people they p****** off are the viewers."
Speaking about the last Strictly and X Factor clash at the weekend, Simon added: "They say this isn’t a ratings battle. It is. That’s why they did it.
"They didn’t have to put it on at the same time as us, they did and it means people have to make a choice."