X Factor 2012 'to ditch bootcamp' in overhaul to compete with The Voice

Simon Cowell

The X Factor 2012 is reportedly set to get a massive overhaul this year, which will see the axing of the bootcamp stage.

This year's show has already seen a number of changes, including the ability for acts to audition even if they've already got a management deal.

Hopefuls are also being encouraged to perform their own tracks, while singers can apply via Facebook for the first time.

It's all in a bid to beat [cat]The Voice UK[/cat], which launched on BBC One last month.

The Daily Star reports today that X Factor [tag]Simon Cowell[/tag] wants the show to find another Leona this year.

“With The Voice featuring so many great singers he’s keen to keep his throne and wants to find the next Leona Lewis – not the next Jedward," a supposed insider told the newspaper.

So far [tag]Gary Barlow[/tag] is the only officially confirmed judge for [cat]The X Factor 2012[/tag], while both Louis Walsh and Tulisa have let slip they'll also be back.

Kelly Rowland is also in talks to return, although it's been claimed she's holding up for a pay rise to £1.5 million.

Auditions for The X Factor 2012 begin filming in Cardiff next month.

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