X Factor 2017 auditions to be 'against the clock' to "cut out waffling"

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The X Factor 2017 will hold auditions 'against the clock' this year, it's been suggested.

Reports this week have claimed that wannabes - and also the judges - will be timed to "cut out waffling".


The Sun says that a "large digital timer" has been placed in the judges' room to keep track how long auditions have been going on for.

"Simon has been in millions of these auditions and basically just wants to speed them up," a source said. “Artists don’t know they’re being timed, so viewers should expect some brutal cutting from Simon."

The source added: "He’s sick and tired of hearing contestants spiel as well as long, droning, performances eating up time.


“So being able to keep track of how long they’re taking means he can speed them up once they’ve gone on for extra minutes.”

The timed auditions is the latest change to this year's series which is set to be completely different.


It's been reported that The X Factor 2017 will 'encourage' contestants to sing their own music as part of the major revamp.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Simon knows he can’t change the format too much but one thing he and the contestants can change is what’s sung.

“If there’s lots of new material it could attract a new audience."

Another big overhaul will be the live shows which will be cut to six weeks, but with acts performing and leaving 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.

"Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed," a source told The Sun. “The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring.


“ITV believes transforming it is the right decision. It means all singers will perform on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with acts being eliminated both nights."


Further changes are rumoured to include introducing a live studio audience and the much awaited return of Sinitta at judges' houses.

No X Factor start date has been confirmed yet but the show typically launches at the end of August on ITV.

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