When does The X Factor 2014 start? One week countdown begins NOW!

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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 once more, with the double auditions format returning and - of course - a totally new line up of judges.

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 2014 start?

The X Factor will start next Saturday, August 30 on ITV AND Sunday, August 31. 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?

After a huge cull, only Louis Walsh has kept his place on the panel from the last series. He's like a ruddy cockroach.

You probably know that Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are back alongside him, with Mel B completing this year's judges line up.

How do the auditions work on The X Factor this year?

As with last year, the X Factor 2014 auditions are a mix of the old-school judges' rooms and the arena try outs we've seen in recent years.

In every Saturday night show, we'll see the hopefuls start off by singing to the judges in a small room. They'll perform a short song acapella and 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.

This time 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 3,000 strong live 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...

The X Factor, August 30, ITV, 8PM.

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