X Factor 2017 will have 'fewer live shows' with a final in early December


The X Factor 2017 will see fewer live shows this year, it's been reported.

The new series will apparently have a shorter run, ending at the start of December.

There will be more pre-recorded episodes from the auditions, bootcamp and six chair challenge stages which will air on both Saturday and Sundays.

"This year X Factor will air on Saturdays and Sundays from the start," a source told The Sun on Sunday today. “We’ll have more pre-recorded shows, but fewer live shows, so the series will air for fewer weeks than before.

“It looks likely that the final will be in early December.”

X Factor 2017 judges
X Factor 2017 judges

Speaking last week, show boss Simon Cowell has confirmed plans to change the live shows this year but did not reveal specifics.

He told The Sun newspaper he hoped to add "more jeopardy" to the live shows when they begin later this year.

"I haven’t even presented it to ITV yet. I think they’ll do it and I think it’s going to be a very different show," Simon explained.

According to previous reports, the plan is for the number of live shows to be cut to six weeks but the acts will perform and face elimination on both the Saturday and Sunday night each weekend.

Both nights will also see guest artists perform in a bid to attract back viewers following one of the least watched series in 2016.

Further changes will include introducing a live studio audience at bootcamp as the arena auditions returning following the usual room try outs.

But the six chair challenge remains, hosted live in front of a crowd at Wembley Arena.

The brutal stage of the competition filmed last month and proved as controversial as ever.

The X Factor typically launches at the end of August on ITV.

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