Seven has confirmed The X Factor will premiere 7:30pm Monday August 30th and continue across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 2nd).
The series featuring Kyle Sandilands, Ronan Keating, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Sebastian and Matthew Newton is the second time the brand has launched in Australia following a series staged by TEN in 2005.
As expected, the show will power through its audition stages in its first week much like Australian Idol.
A 90 minute episode on August 30 will push back start times for Criminal Minds, Covert Affairs. In Sydney and Brissy, The Matty Johns Show will air at 8:30pm on Sept 2nd.
The X Factor has four categories, 16-24 boys, 16-24 girls, 25 and over, Groups plus four stages : Auditions, Bootcamp, Judge’s Houses, Live Studio.
Contestants are mentored by the judges in various groupings. The winner lands a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
The four judges – Kyle Sandilands, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating – all work together at this stage of the competition. An act must receive at least three ‘yes’s’ in order to make it through to the next stage of the competition – Bootcamp.
At Bootcamp, the judges will be allocated a category to mentor. The contestants who received at least three ‘yes’s’ will be put through their paces to see if they can take on different song genres and assess if they have the enigmatic ‘X Factor.’ The judges will select their most promising contestants from each of their four categories to take to the next stage of the competition – Judge’s Houses.
At the Judge’s Houses stage, each judge will pick their three favourite acts to represent them in the live studio shows. They will bring in big guns from the entertainment industry to help them choose their top three acts.
Live Studio shows
The live shows will start later this year. After watching their performance in the live show the public will vote for their favourite act to stay in the competition. In the results show, the two acts with the lowest public vote will sing once again for the Judges and the Judges will vote on who they think deserve to stay in the competition and who should go home.