The X Factor returns to ITV this Autumn! With a brand new bunch of hopefuls singing to impress us and the judges.
Dermot O’Leary, returns as host and is on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
Host Dermot will be bringing us all the results each Saturday and Sunday night, and has teased changes to the singing show.
He’s even given Simon Cowell some advice on changes to make for the new series. “I think people want the most authentic experience possible and with that in mind this year Simon and the judges have been encouraging contestants to come with their original tracks.”
But, it’s not a safe bet, Dermot added: “That’s such a gamble to use an original track, especially in the early stage of the competition because you’re performing for an audience that have never heard the song before.”
“It can go well. Or it can go really badly. If the song doesn’t connect, you’re in trouble. But what it does is encourage more originality.
That’s something I have seen evolve on the show. When I first started you had that uncomfortable moment when people would come in the audition room and say, ‘Tell me who you want me to be’.
Now it’s more a case of them saying, ‘This is who I am, this is the song I want to put on iTunes, I’ve got a manager’. In my mind, aside from making a good entertainment show, that’s what we’re here for, to help people get a leap up in the music industry.”
Dermot also believes there’s still stars to find. “What I love about the show is it produces people like James Arthur, Harry Styles and Olly Murs on one hand and then it’s helped Rylan launch a very successful presenting career and then there’s the eccentric people like Honey G and Stevie Ritchie, I love that we’ve got room for all those different people.
The host has also teased that one contestant’s mum dedicated a song to Dermot.
“Oh my god, that was a totally awkward moment for me, stood with his mum just watching him sing a song about how much she (his mum) likes me. It was flattering but a little bit odd.”
Dermot also hit out at hopefuls who try to be “Adele, Sam Smith or, this year, Ed Sheeran”.
“It’s incredible how many kids turn up with a guitar and do an Ed song, I always wonder why you would bother doing that because you’re only ever going to get compared to him.”
The X Factor returns to ITV on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September at 8pm.