The au­di­tions for a new mu­sic star be­gin

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

It was the evening of Mon­day, Au­gust 3 when some of us re­alised the sum­mer of 2015 was al­most over be­cause Si­mon Cow­ell's jug­ger­naut mu­sic con­test would soon be with us once more, tak­ing us all the way to De­cem­ber. Yes, as the first ad­vert for The X Fac­tor (ITV, 8pm) launched on ITV, par­ents won­dered where the time had gone as they bought new uni­forms for their kids. It was a sober­ing thought that their chil­dren had never known a time when the all singing, oc­ca­sion­ally danc­ing show didn't dom­i­nate Satur­day nights. Of course for many of those years, there has been a sense of con­sis­tency, with judge Louis Walsh weath­er­ing con­tro­versy over the likes of Jed­ward and his pro­nun­ci­a­tion of 'Wag­ner'. Host Der­mot O'Leary left many a heart flut­ter­ing as his ad-libbed dances gath­ered the sort of au­di­ence he once could only have dreamed of when he earned his TV stripes on Big Brother's Lit­tle Brother. But TXF has not re­mained the jewel in ITV's week­end crown for more than a decade with­out tak­ing a few risks, and this year fans can en­joy the big­gest shake-up to the show in a while. Louis has moved on, so DJ Nick Grimshaw and singer/The Voice men­tor Rita Ora will be at­tempt­ing to fill the gap with their own blend of wit and charm. How­ever, while some of us fear change, rest as­sured that se­ries vet­er­ans Si­mon Cow­ell and Ch­eryl Fer­nan­dez-Versini will be back on the judg­ing panel to sort the mu­si­cal wheat from the tone deaf chaff. Ob­vi­ously Olly Murs is no stranger to the se­ries hav­ing been one of its most suc­cess­ful run­ners up. He also proved to be a dab hand at fronting sis­ter show The Xtra Fac­tor, so there is per­haps no sur­prise to find him co-host­ing the new run with fel­low ITV2 grad­u­ate Caro­line Flack. The cast may have changed a lit­tle, but the for­mat re­mains the same, with ar­guably the best part of the con­test kick­ing off here. Yes, it's the au­di­tions stage where the good, bad and plain de­luded seize their chance to ei­ther make a great im­pres­sion, or leave mil­lions laugh­ing over their Satur­day night take­aways. And with so many changes, there are plenty of ques­tions on fans' lips: has Si­mon mel­lowed over the years or will he be just as scathing as ever? Will Ms Ora's im­pres­sive turn on The Voice see her be­ing a lit­tle more cut­ting in her crit­i­cism? How will Ch­eryl get on with the new girl?

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