X Factor 2012 start date confirmed: August 18, 8PM

The X Factor 2012 Judges

The X Factor 2012 will start at 8PM on August 18, it has been confirmed today.

The series will kick off with an extended special between 8PM and 9:15PM on ITV1 in just over a weeks' time.

Ant and Dec will be back with Simon Cowell's gameshow Red or Black both before and after the new series, starting at 7:15PM and 9:15PM.

The X Factor UK will see new judge Nicole Scherzinger join the panel this year, with Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa all returning.

As well as a new judge, the upcoming series will also see a number of format changes too.

The Over 25s have become the Over 28s, the groups are now the bands and the rules regarding management deals have been relaxed.

Contestants have also been encouraged to perform their own original tracks, as well as play instruments throughout their performances during the auditions.

“The level of talent feels a real step up from last year,” said Take That’s Gary Barlow. “Allowing musicians to play their instruments has made a massive difference.

“We have a lot more singer-songwriters, a lot more real ­artists. I’m really excited.”

Watch a promo for the X Factor 2012 below...

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