Returning: The X Factor

The fourth season of The X Factor Australia begins 7:30pm Monday August 20th  on Seven.

That allows Nine’s Big Brother to get a one week head start, but Seven would have known going up against its premiere would have been way too risky. It’s important viewers connect with acts from the get go…

This year’s season has nabbed some impressive mentors in Alicia Keys, Usher, Ke$ha and thrown in Brit boyband One Direction, who were discovered from the UK series.

So far all of the publicity mentions Reece Mastin, and conveniently overlooks Altiyan Childs, whose career has faded as fast as it began. Following the success of The Voice, Seven promos are also pushing that this year’s season “is different,” but aside from the mentors it’s hard to work out what the point of difference is.

Hopefully it’s in the talent, with some early promos showing some promising vocalists.

Created by the world’s most powerful media identity, Simon Cowell – The X Factor is one of the hottest TV franchises around the globe. For 2012, the show will return with judges Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian, with Luke Jacobz as host.

Also helping out this year are some of the world’s biggest stars who will be mentoring our contestants through to the live shows including Alicia Keys, Usher, Ke$ha and The X Factor UK super group One Direction.

Last year, The X Factor discovered 17-year-old Reece Mastin who has gone onto have three hit singles, a number one debut album and a sell-out national tour.

The X Factor is open to singers 14 years and over – either solo performers or groups. Once through to the final audition process, the four judges will take on mentoring roles as the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and Groups. The ultimate winner will be rewarded with a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.

The four judges 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 – Boot Camp.

At Boot Camp, the judges will this year be working together to put the contestants through their paces. The contestants who received at least three ‘yes’s’ will be put through a series of challenges to see if they can take on different song genres and 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 Home Visits.

At the Judges’ Home Visits stage, each judge will discover which category they’ll be mentoring with the help of some celebrity friends. They will then pick their three favourite acts to represent them in the 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.

The Judges are completely hands on with shaping their acts. It is up to the Judges to help their contestants select the right song and wardrobe, as well as help with choreography and vocal workshops. Helping the judges during the mentoring process this year are some of the world’s biggest acts including One Direction, Alicia Keys, Usher and Ke$ha.


  1. I really don’t know why Seven are bothering with this. Just like AGT and Dancing with the Stars this show is a thing of the past.

    The One Direction Promos I’ve seen are just desperate. One Direction wasn’t formed on the X Factor… and it’s miss-leading to claim otherwise.

    I won’t be watching, nor will anyone else.

  2. By the sounds of things the big difference is the bootcamp stage. All the judges working together and it knowing what group they have until the home visits.

    To me the only strength The Voice had over The X Factor was the auditions (and perhaps the judges star power – perhaps…). All the other stages are simple and straight forward on The X Factor. The battle rounds in The Voice were horrible (pitting teammates against each other) and I am still confused as to how contestants were eliminated in later rounds.

    I’m not sure how I managed to turn that into another rant against The Voice, but there you go…

  3. Could the point of difference be that they are planning on putting together a boy band,made of individual contestants,just like 1D? Not sure but thats what it sounds like to me.Whatever it is I don’t think I will be watching,it never really grabbed me personally.I do think the promos look good for those watching.

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