The X Factor 2012 start date is fast approaching...

X Factor 2012 panel

The X Factor 2012 start date is fast approaching, and we're getting all rather excited!

While ITV have yet to confirm the exact date of the new series premiere, it's expected to be later this month, menaning we've just weeks if not days to wait!

This, the ninth series of The X Factor, will see the third panel change in as many years.

Tulisa, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh all remain, not that we're ever expecting Louis to leave...

But former Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger joins the line up, replacing Kelly Rowland who quit the series last year.

While nothing has aired yet, auditions and bootcamp have already finished filming, with the judges currently preparing to fly the hopefuls in their category out to judges' houses.

Rumour as it that Gary has the Overs, Tulisa the Girls, Nicole the Boys and Louis the groups.

Bookies reckon that it's Nicole who's in with the best shot, with the Boys having won five of the eight series so far.

The overs have only won once, meaning it's an uphill struggle for Gary, but if anyone can make it work, it's him!

Of course, these are only rumours and could well be wrong, time will tell...

As always, we'll have all the latest news, gossip and videos on our site throughout this month to the final in December, so stick with us.

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Watch a promo for [cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] below...

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