X Factor 2016: 4 things we know and 4 we don't

x factor 2016

The X Factor may not be back on our screens for more than six months but we're already excited for the new series.

There's been plenty of speculation, rumours and gossip about the thirteenth run and that's all before filming begins.

But what do know for sure and what's still up in the air?

What we know...

Dermot O'Leary is back!

Hurrah! Dermot will be back in charge of hosting the main show and it's no real surprise: There is no one else we can even imagine that would be able to do as good a job!

The X Factor - Dermot O'Leary

The room auditions return

The room auditions are back once again! We'll first meet this year's acts as they perform for the judges in a more intimate setting just feet away and with no live audience.

Cheryl, Nick AND Rita are all GONE!

Yes, it's been officially confirmed this week: Rita will NOT be back on The X Factor this year, joining Cheryl and Nick Grimshaw in leaving the show.

It's your last chance to apply!

All of this year's open auditions have now wrapped up with tens of thousands applying in person over the last two months. However you can still apply online (at the time of writing) by uploading a video HERE!

And what we don't...

Is Louis Walsh on The X Factor this year?

Louis Walsh's X Factor future is a bit blurry right now. As of writing there's no official word on whether the Irish music will be back, although sources have claimed it's an almost certainty that he'll make a return.

Are these The X Factor 2016 judges?
Are these The X Factor 2016 judges?

And the other judges, for that matter

Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are widely tipped to join Louis and Simon on this year's panel, but again we've had no official announcement yet.

The Xtra Factor presenters

The presenters on the Xtra Factor are not yet confirmed and there's rumours that Marvin and Rochelle could be replaced by current Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp.

simon cowell x factor

Will it actually be any good?

The killer question and one we probably won't know the full answer to until Christmas time. For now, with the return of Dermot and the room auditions, it's definitely looking good...

Get the latest news

Subscribe on YouTube