X Factor 2016 start date revealed? AXS TV confirms August 28th premiere in the USA

Broadcaster signs new multi-year deal to remain talent contest's American home

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It looks like we might have a start date for The X Factor 2016, as the USA's AXS TV has confirmed it will launch the new series of the show across the pond on 28th August.

Having aired the UK version of talent contest since 2014, AXS today announced a new 'multi-year' deal with Simon Cowell's firm Syco to remain its home in America.

The broadcaster has confirmed it will kick off the upcoming thirteenth series with a two-night premiere event on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

As AXS airs episodes 24 hours after they first go out on ITV, this suggests it will begin in the UK on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

Of course, ITV has yet to confirm its schedules for The X Factor 2016 - but last year's series began at around the same time, so this seems a pretty safe bet.

The show has gone old-school again this year, with Dermot O'Leary returning as presenter after Caroline Flack and Olly Murs replaced him last year.

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger are also back to join Simon behind the judges' desk.

In addition, bosses have brought back room auditions and axed the arena ones - meaning hopefuls won't perform in front of a crowd until the Six Chair Challenge.

Earlier this week it was reported that there will be ten weeks of live shows again, after ITV was forced to slash them to seven weeks last year for the Rugby World Cup.

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