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The X Factor 2017: Everything you need to know about series 14

Yep, series FOURTEEN

It doesn't seem like five minutes since Matt Terry won The X Factor series 13; but somehow the new season's fast approaching and we might as well start playing Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas already.

Yup - with this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up announcements in full swing, it's time to turn our attention to the other telly show vying for our affections this autumn/winter.

Behold: Everything you need to know about The X Factor 2017.

Who are The X Factor judges?

  • Simon Cowell
  • Louis Walsh
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Sharon Osbourne

Oh, and Britain's Got Talent fave Alesha Dixon stood in for Sharon at the Edinburgh auditions while she recovered from back surgery.

When is The X Factor back on TV?

Saturday 2nd September at 8pm on ITV. Hoorah.

READ MORE: Where on EARTH are The X Factor winners now?

Who's presenting this year?

Dermot O'Leary's back once again, which should provide our weekly fix of dad dancing if Strictly fails to deliver on that front.

Is Cheryl back on The X Factor this time?

Contrary to those reports she could pop up at judges' houses earlier this year, it's looking like Cheryl might be staying at home with baby Bear Payne this year.

Addressing the rumours in an interview with the Mirror, Simon said: "It’s bullshit. I haven’t spoken to her in six months."

Alrighty then.

Who are this year's guest judges?

No idea as yet. Sorry, pal.

What's the deal with Bootcamp?

Bootcamp's back in the arena this time round, and was filmed back in July at Wembley.

When do The X Factor auditions start?

Um, they kinda already have. Back in May, the (untelevised) auditions hit Belfast, Bangor, Southampton, Douglas, Swansea, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Carlisle, Brighton, Truro, Newport, Wigan, Plymouth, Margate, Stoke on Trent, Exeter, Thurrock and Yeovil.

Phew.

Is The Xtra Factor back or what?

Do you want the bad news or the bad news? The show, which was presented by Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark-Neal last year, has been scrapped after 12 years in favour of a more online focus. Y'know, YouTube and stuff.

Speaking to Radio Times about the obscenely controversial decision, an ITV spokesperson explained: "We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show, and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms."

Will The X Factor clash with Strictly Come Dancing and which will win the ## ratings battle?

Probably, and who knows? Last year Strictly sort of smashed it, but there's all to play for.

What about the Six Chair Challenge?

That, despite some viewers calling for it to be cut due to its pretty harsh nature, will return this year. Brutal.

WTF's going on with that 'jukebox' format? Is that still a thing?

When it comes to format changes we don't know too much right now, but what we do know is that rather ridiculous 'random' theme selector's been given the boot.

Where can I watch The X Factor 2017 trailer?

Why you can watch it RIGHT HERE, honey:

Where's X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry, again?

That'd be Matt Terry, who's currently in the charts with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul collab Súbeme la Radio. Here he is performing it (solo) at some recent roadshow thing:

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