X Factor plans more big changes as new series starts filming

Bootcamp, arena auditions.

The X Factor 2018 will reportedly say goodbye to bootcamp as part of more changes to the show.

The new series of The X Factor launches in the autumn on ITV, with auditions currently underway.

This year Simon Cowell will be joined by new X Factor 2018 judges Ayda Williams, Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson on the panel.

Simon said of the new line up: "This new panel is all about optimism, everyone has a real passion for finding a new star. The three new judges bring a whole new energy and I’m excited."

The judges aren't the only thing set to change this year, with a big shake up to the format also planned.

Auditions have gone back to the arenas, while the bootcamp stage is reported to have been axed completely.

Instead, acts will go straight through to the six chair challenge from their audition.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s going to be more competitive than ever as those who get through the auditions will have to be the best of the best to survive the Six Chair Challenge.

“It’s all part of freshening up the show to match the new panel. It will add loads of drama and really spice things up.”

Meanwhile, yet another rumoured shake up may see the live shows go back to airing on Saturday nights only.

It would be the first time since series 5 in 2008 that X Factor airs on Saturdays alone.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper of the proposals previously: “One idea being looked at is whether getting rid of the Sunday show would allow ITV to put all its focus and resources into making Saturday night’s X Factor even more spectacular.

"Nothing has been decided but there are lots of ideas being thrown around.”

The X Factor airs on ITV in the autumn.

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