Seven has announced the return of The X Factor this year.
Question marks had hovered over the return of the talent quest which was won by singer Altiyan Childs in 2010.
Despite not confirming any judges for the new season, auditions will start in just two weeks time.
The X Factor features either solo performers or groups mentored by judges as Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and the Groups. The show is again produced by FremantleMedia Australia.
But in a surprising change to the format, the new minimum age for contestants has been lowered to just 14 years of age. This lowers the age of reality contestants from 16 years in such shows as Australia’s Next Top Model by two years, and into the spotlight of television and the media. Other shows such as Junior MasterChef have gone even lower but with strict guardianship.
The winner will again land a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
Auditions will begin this month:
Sunday March 27
Tuesday March 29
Saturday April 2
Sunday April 3
Gold Coast Convention Centre
Friday April 8
Saturday April 9
Sunday April 10
Australian Technology Park
Friday April 15
Saturday April 16
Sunday April 17
Moonee Valley Racecourse
More info is at www.xfactortv.com.au
Further details on the show, including judges, will be announced soon.