X Factor 2014: 11 things we know about the eleventh series

From new judges to old faces

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New judges

Let's start with the obvious: Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are both back this year (in case you missed it...), and they bring with them new judge Mel B. The four piece panel is completed by Louis Walsh. Yup, still there.

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New Xtra Factor host

Caroline Flack is out and Sarah Jane Crawford is in as the new host of the series' ITV2 spin-off Xtra Factor.

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But same Dermot

However Dermot IS back for what will be his eighth series. We wouldn't want it any other way!

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Cheryl cam

Cheryl fans will no doubt be pleased to know that her every reaction will be capture on a special camera set up to be trained on her face constantly throughout auditions.

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No more flash vote

The flop flash vote twist has been ditched for good for this year's live shows, after it was "rested" just weeks after being introduced last year (never to be spoken of again...)

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No more 'Cute guys with guitars'

Supposedly, producers don't want to see any more cute guys strumming a few chords on a guitar at this year's auditions.

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Novelty acts are in

Instead, bosses are said to be after some big a classic novelty acts to rival the likes of Jedward, Rylan and Wagner from past series.

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Double audition format

Once again this this year hopefuls will have two auditions: First in the intimate judges' rooms and then at Wembley Arena, with a 3,000 strong crowd joining the panel as the 'fifth judge'.

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Even more exotic judges houses locations

This year's X Factor judges' houses locations are set to be the most glamourous and exotic yet, with even Louis Walsh going well away from the UK as he heads to bloody Bermuda with Simon in Las Vegas. Cheryl will be in France while Mel B is taking her lot out to Cancun. Alright for some.

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Most expensive trailer yet

The Game of Thrones style trailer which premiered earlier this month apparently cost £1 million to put together. While it is certainly epic, we're not too sure bosses completely got their money's worth.

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A wild card judge and category (maybe)

Rumour has it that the live shows could see a fifth judge who mentors a fifth category, made up of wildcard acts who didn't quite make the finals in the other four groups. Simon was coy about the rumours recently, saying only: "Maybe."

The X Factor starts at the end of the month on ITV.

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