The X Factor

Simon Cowell adds a touch of the old familiar as the talent show returns…

Simon Cowell took a gamble last year by revamping his talent-show juggernaut with what some called much-needed youth in judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw, but it’s fair to say that it didn’t quite pay off.

This series, Simon is sticking to what he knows and has brought back former judges Sharon Osbourne and Nicole ‘Schamazing’ Scherzinger, along with his old pal Louis Walsh, who’s made no secret of what he thought about last year’s series.

The closed-room auditions have been reinstated, too, while Dermot O’Leary returns to his hosting and hugging duties (aww!) after Caroline Flack and Olly Murs failed to make the grade as co-hosts 0f the main show.

Plus, former contestant Rylan Clark-Neal is teaming up with Matt Edmondson to present The Xtra Factor on ITV2 (9.30pm), which goes live straight after the programme!