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Simon Cowell changes the format for X Factor live shows



Simon Cowell is set to change the format for the X Factor live shows. which will see contestants voted off on Saturday and Sunday.

The new format will see guest performers on both Saturday and Sunday. Acts will perform for votes on both nights and voting could see contestants leave the show a day early on Saturday nights.

An insider told The Sun newspaper “Simon loves making changes to the show’s format to keep it fresh, so he’s been pitching to producers that the show should ditch the traditional Sunday night format, which is always 15 minutes recapping the previous night’s show, a guest performer, a sing off and an elimination,”


“He wants the show to mix things up – have guest performers on Saturday’s show, kick out acts on both nights of the weekend … it’ll be must-see TV.“The shows will be tighter, less predictable for viewers and acts will perform across the weekend.“Everyone’s really excited about the changes – it’s going to be an amazing series.”.


The live shows have been cut to six weeks from the traditional ten weeks. The final will be held over the first weekend of December rather than the traditional slot closer to Christmas.


The insider said “Simon genuinely listens to viewer feedback and takes notes on what he thinks works – and what doesn’t. “He wants to make this series the best one ever – and in mixing up the live shows, everyone thinks he’s onto a winner.”

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