X Factor returns: take a sneak peek at the eXciting trailer

We were all feeling a little deflated when the Olympics came to an end on Sunday night, but fear not my little Xtra special TV lovers, we have just the gem to see you through to, well, Christmas – eek!

X Factor returns on Saturday August 18 at 8pm with more talented (and not-so-talented) lovelies than ever.

Dishy Dermot O’Leary is back at the helm as the host with the most, while Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa will return to their hot seats on the judging panel.

And there’s a new girl in town. Taking over from Kelly Rowland is former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

No stranger to X Factor, having been a judge on the U.S. show AND claiming to have had a hand in putting One Direction together when she was a guest judge in the UK, we’re sure Nicole is going to be a fantastically fierce (as Tyra would say) addition to the line-up.

This Saturday, we will witness the first rounds of auditions unfold, as thousands of hopefuls are put through their paces in a bid to follow in last year’s champs, Little Mix’s successful footsteps.

And speaking of Little Mix, the Little Muffins, along with Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, JLS and 1D (ahhhh) have been talking about their X Factor journeys in a new eXciting trailer for the show.

Take a look at the Xtra special singers in the player above to whet your appetite for the magic that is set to unfold on Saturday night at 8pm. We’re so Xcited!