X Factor 2013 judges to get categories before bootcamp

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The X Factor 2013 judges' categories are set to be revealed before bootcamp in a new twist to the series.

The move follows the US show, which will see the judges each hold their own bootcamp stage with the acts in their category.

Although according to The Daily Star, the change has more to do with Simon Cowell's recent personal life than than the ITV show.

X Factor boss Simon was due to reveal the categories himself in a cameo appearance from his yacht.

“The plan was for judges to join him on board, where he would discuss the finalists with them and reveal what categories they have," a show source told the Daily Star newspaper today. “That was before all this baby drama
kicked off. Simon now needs time to think about things other than work so it seemed inappropriate to carry on.”

Another X Factor insider claimed that Simon had called to say sorry to the judges for "messing them around".

A source told the Daily Mirror: “His problems and drama off screen are now starting to impact on his TV shows.

“He even called the UK judges personally to apologise for messing them around. ITV bosses are furious at the last-minute change.

“Simon’s return was going to be a big coup for them, but now that he’s just doing exactly the same as he did last year, it’s no big draw for the viewers.

“It’s really disappointing.”

The X Factor 2013 launches later this month on ITV.

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