When does The X Factor 2013 start? One week countdown begins NOW!

The X Factor UK is coming back, and it's now just one week away.

The tenth series of the ITV show has seen a host of changes to early stages of the auditions, as well as another new look panel.

But when does it all kick off and how do the new auditions work? Here's our X Factor auditions FAQ!

When does The X Factor 2013 start?
The X Factor will start next Saturday, August 31 on ITV AND Sunday, September 1st. The show will continue to air every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until the final in December.

What time does The XFactor start?
The opening show kicks off at 8PM on Saturday and goes on past 9PM with a bumper episode.

Sunday's instalment airs at 8PM until 9PM, with timings for future shows yet to be confirmed.

Who are The X Factor judges?
Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh are all back from last year. After Tulisa was ditched, former X Factor judge Sharon - last on the show in 2007 - has made a return to replace her.

How do the auditions work on The X Factor this year?
This year's auditions are a mix of the old-school judges' rooms and the arena try outs we've seen in recent years.

In Saturday's show, we'll see the hopefuls start off by singing to the judges in a small room. They'll perform a short song acapella, with no instruments or backing tracks. If they get three or more yeses, it's onto the next stage.

Sunday's audition show will be a direct continuation of Saturday's episode. It'll feature those acts who got three or more yeses performing again, but this time they'll be singing at Wembley Arena.

They'll have to not only wow with their vocals but also their moves and stage presence in the hope of winning over the judges and 4,000 strong audience. Three or more yeses from the judges here and they're through to bootcamp.

And as for bootcamp, that too is a whole different ball game this year, but we'll leave that for now...

Do you have a preview clip of a poor singer performing a Busted track leaving Sharon in tears of laughter?
YES.

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