The “outrageous” riders of The X Factor 2017 judges have been revealed.
The new series continues on Saturday and sees Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh reunited with music mogul Simon Cowell on the judging panel.
Mr Saturday Night himself, Dermot O’Leary, returns as host and is on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
Speaking at the launch of the 2017 series in London this month, secrets were spilled about the judges’ behind the scenes demands.
Show boss Simon declared: “Their riders are outrageous – I sign off on them!”
Sharon quipped her requests were only “bag of bloody almonds and a bottle of water” but Simon revealed: “We have to order a fleet of aeroplanes to fly you in.”
Sharon responded: “I wish. I wish my plane could follow yours. Your rider – it makes Mariah’s [Carey] look sad. Jlo, eat your bloody heart out.”
Simon then continued: “Mine is very basic: water and a hairdryer.
“Louis’s isn’t far behind yours [Sharon] – he has to have a cosmetic doctor on 24hr standby within 10 miles of whatever venue we’re filming in.
“That is true. 24 hours. That didn’t happen 14 years ago.”
Nicole Scherzinger then joined in (via The Sun newspaper): “I don’t know what’s on my rider – wine gummies, water, lots of make up, lots of contour.
“Simon has a whole long rider.”
Host Dermot O’Leary teased: “He likes a lot of citrus based fruit – he likes a satsuma.”
The X Factor returns to ITV on Saturday 23 September and Sunday 24 September at 8pm.