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The X Factor UK (Series 14)
Series 14
Broadcast from 2017
Judges Louis Walsh
Sharon Osbourne
Simon Cowell
Nicole Scherzinger
Alesha Dixon (guest judge)
Presenters Dermot O'Leary
Network ITV
Previous Series 13
Next Series 15

Series 14 of The X Factor will premiere in autumn 2017 on ITV. This is the first series to be sponsored by Just Eat after being sponsored by TalkTalk for nearly eight years.


Prior the Series 13 final, Louis Walsh revealed that he had signed on to be a judge for a further two years. It has also been reported that Sharon Osbourne will be returning. Nicole Scherzinger also hinted on her Instagram page that she may return to the judging panel although in March 2017 it was reported that she may not be returning in order to focus on her music career.  However, a month later it was reported that both she and Sharon Osbourne would be returning along with Simon Cowell meaning that the panel would be the same from the previous year for the third time, the first in 2004-06, and the second in 2008-10.

On January 19, 2017, it was announced that ITV had decided to scrap aftershow The Xtra Factor.  Rylan Clark-Neal announced on Twitter that he would not be returning to do it for a second year, seemingly confirming that it had indeed been cancelled.

A week later, it was confirmed that Dermot O'Leary would be returning to host the show for its 14th year, marking his tenth year as a presenter.

In June 2017, it was revealed that the judging panel will remain the same as Series 13. On June 23, 2017 it was revealed that Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't be able to make the first day of manchester auditions due to prior commitments and as such was replaced with Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon for the first day of the auditions, with Scherzinger returning for the rest of the auditions. Dixon also stood in for Osbourne at the 28 June edinburgh auditions due to the latter having a long-standing back injury.


Age limit: The minimum age limit was reduced to 14 years old.  This previously happened in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.

Auditions: In a change to the previous thirteen series, returnees were prohibited from auditioning.

Theme Weeks: Simon confirmed during the filming of bootcamp that the themed weeks had been scrapped and the contestants would be allowed to perform their own songs. The latter previously happened in Series 9.

Boot Camp: This year, boot camp will return in front of a live audience.

Six Chair Challenge: In a change to previous years where each judge critiqued each other's category together, the judges faced their category alone while the other judges sat on the sidelines offering their critique.

Live Shows: According to reports, there will be six weeks of live shows instead of the usual ten. Additionally, acts will be sent home on both Saturday and Sunday, as "tedious" Saturday nights received lower viewing figures than Sunday.


Selection process


See: List of auditionees (Series 14)

Mobile Auditions: These began on 11 May in Belfast, visiting several locations around the UK before ending in Yeovil twelve days later.

Open Auditions: These began on 20 June in Liverpool and ended on July 10 in Surrey.


See: Bootcamp (Series 14)

This took place from July 21 to 23 at the SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a live audience.

Six Chair Challenge

See: Six Chair Challenge (Series 14)

This took place from July 26 to 28 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. On the first day it was revealed that Sharon Osbourne was mentoring the Girls category. It was also revealed that Simon Cowell would be mentoring the Groups, Nicole Scherzinger would be mentoring the Overs and Louis Walsh would be mentoring the Boys.

Summary of six chair challenge
Judge Category Chairs
1 2 3 4 5 6
Cowell Groups
Scherzinger Overs
Osbourne Girls
Walsh Boys

Judges' Houses

See: Judges' Houses (series 14)

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Simon Cowell Groups Spain Sinitta, Nick Grimshaw ?
Sharon Osbourne Girls Norton Canes Gary Barlow ?
Nicole Scherzinger Overs Leeds Rita Ora, Olly Murs ?
Louis Walsh Boys Manchester Alesha Dixon, Ricky Wilson ?

Live Shows

Results Summary




Criticism and controversies


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