Xtra special announcement as X Factor returns next Saturday

Xciting return: X Factor is back on Saturday August 18
Xciting return: X Factor is back on Saturday August 18©Thames TV

The X Factor is storming back onto TV screens in just over a week’s time, with the hit singing competition returning from Saturday August 18.

New judge Nicole Scherzinger will join existing panellists Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostvalos, for the much-anticipated ninth series.

And in an exciting first, everyone aged 16 and above can enter – whether they’ve never sung a note in their life, have had a management deal in the past or one just now, or are an amateur artist just waiting for their big break.

The gang have spent the last few months travelling all over the country as they hunt out the hottest undiscovered singing talent.

And fans of the show will get the chance to see the first lot of audition roundups on the 18th, when the London and Newcastle rounds are shown.

As ever there will be a mix of stunningly talented singers, up-and-coming stars, and slightly tuneless warblers, all hoping to get the “yes” votes they so desperately want.

The judges were joined by presenter Dermot O’Leary at the helm, as they toured around Britain, making sure no stone was left unturned.

The gang even embarked on The X Factor Mobile Auditions, which took them to parts of the country which allowed people who hadn't made it to the initial audition rounds to try out for their chance of being part of the show.

Hawaii-born star Nicole will inject a spot of extra glamour to the panel this year. And having come from The X Factor USA panel and acted as a guest judge on the UK show, she is fully aware of exactly the kind of act she’s looking for.

Speaking earlier this year, the star said: “I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family. It's where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle.

“I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”

The X Factor was the most watched show of 2011 – and we’re sure 2012’s series is about to be an even bigger hit!

The X Factor is back on STV and ITV from Saturday August 18.

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