X Factor 2017 to ditch the themed weeks for live shows (and THAT jukebox)

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The X Factor 2017 is set to ditch its themed weeks for this year's live shows.

And that includes saying goodbye to last year's 'random' jukebox theme picker, which boss Simon Cowell has said was a "crazy" idea.


Speaking at the recent filming of bootcamp in London, Simon reportedly told crowds: "All these crazy things we used to do with themes have gone, no more jukeboxes, none of that rubbish this year.|

He told the audience at Wembley Arena (via The Sun): “The public are smart enough to know what’s real, that’s what we are focusing on this year.”

A source explained: "Without the jukebox contestants will be able to sing to their full potential, without being constrained by a certain theme.

“This year has seen more acts sing their own music and Simon thinks this will be the best way to find original talent.”

Another big overhaul will involve the live shows themselves which will reportedly 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."


Following bootcamp, contestants will progress through to the dreaded six chair challenge.

The X Factor typically launches at the end of August on ITV.

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