X Factor planning shock new changes in latest shake up

X Factor’s bootcamp stage and Sunday night episodes could be axed for 2018.

Yet another shake up to the show could see things changed a lot for what will be the 15th series.

Although nothing is officially confirmed at the moment, talk is that the live shows may go back to being Saturdays only.

It would be the first time since series 5 in 2008 – that Alexandra Burke won – that X Factor airs on Saturdays alone.

A further change being mooted, according to the Daily Mirror, is saying goodbye to bootcamp.

Bootcamp, arena auditions.
Bootcamp, arena auditions.

Instead, acts would go straight from the auditions to the six chair challenge.

A source explained of the proposals: “One idea being looked at is whether getting rid of the Sunday show would allow ITV to put all its focus and resources into making Saturday night’s X Factor even more spectacular.

“Nothing has been decided but there are lots of ideas being thrown around.”

Alongside the format, the show’s judges are also rumoured to be set for change.

Although nothing is yet officially confirmed, it seems Nicole definitely won’t be back.

Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne’s fates appear to be less clear with conflicting reports suggesting they were due to leave as well

However it seems they may be saved after previously signing long-term contracts unlike Nicole.

The Daily Mail claims that ITV have refused to buy out the duo, who apparently weren’t going to give up their jobs without a fight.

Sources told the tabloid that money to pay off Louis and Sharon would run into “several million”, before paying new judges to take their places.

“It is just not a feasible option, they will be back alongside Simon,” an insider said.

Louis told the Daily Mirror newspaper previously: “I have a signed, water-tight contract, as has Sharon Osbourne. Of course you’ll see us back on the show.

X Factor 2017 judges houses Simon Cheryl
X Factor 2017 judges houses Simon Cheryl

“Sharon and I have a three year contract, and we’ve only done two, so this will be our third year. Simon doesn’t break contracts.”

As for who could join the show, former judge Dannii Minogue, plus current Britain’s Got Talent Alesha Dixon and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, have been rumoured.

Craig David, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey are also touted as potential new faces to the ITV show.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: “No decisions have been made about the new series.”

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