The X Factor: The Band start date, judges and first trailer revealed

When is X Factor: The Band on TV? Air date and judges

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The start date and judges for brand new series X Factor: The Band have been confirmed.

The new spin-off will see acts audition to form part of a girl group and boy band.


Unlike the traditional show, which airs on Saturday nights, The X Factor: The Band will begin on Monday, December 9 at 8:30PM on ITV.

There will then be further episodes in the week on Wednesday, December 11 and Friday, December 13 also at 8:30PM. All episodes run for 90 minutes.

A fourth and final episode will then air live on Sunday, December 15 on ITV at 8PM.

X Factor: The Band judges

Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell will judge The X Factor: The Band, it's been announced.

Nicole and Simon will appear as permanent judges, joined by various industry experts, according to The Sun newspaper.

They will include former X Factor winner Leona Lewis, singer Ella Eyre & producer Naughty Boy.


A source shared: “Simon and Nicole are already winding each other up about who’ll pick the best band and the judges won’t hold back with their opinions ­during the auditions.

“It will be like a ­throwback to the old days where they’ll say what they really think — even if it comes across as harsh. There won’t be any time for wasters."

First announcing the series earlier this year, Simon Cowell said: "Very simply... we are going to try to find either the biggest boy group in the world, or the biggest girl group in the world.

"Right now K-POP you could argue, is ruling the world. Now it's time for UK-POP."

Auditions will begin in an intimate setting as acts sing just feet in front of Nicole and Simon before moving to an arena with a live audience.

Dermot O'Leary will host the series.

Meanwhile, Simon suggested that The X Factor's All Stars show - originally due to air this year - could still air in 2020.


You can watch a first trailer below...

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