X Factor Judges' Houses to be LIVE this year? 'It will be gripping TV'

Published Tuesday, May 19 2015, 08:46 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor's Judges' Houses rounds could be broadcast LIVE this year, according to a new report!

Despite taking place all around the world and in different time zones, it seems Simon Cowell is mulling over the possibility of introducing a live element to the Judges' Houses stage, which would mean contestants discovered their fate at the same time as viewers.

Exciting for us! Terrifying for them!

X Factor 2014 Judges' Houses: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Tinie Tempah

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Cheryl with guest judge Tinie Tempah in Nice last year.

A source told The Sun: "This is a hugely ambitious plan and in many ways we are giving ourselves a massive headache, but if it comes off, it will be gripping TV. The emotion of the Judges' Houses stage is always one of the best things about the series, so if we can capture that live, it's going to be amazing."

There's no word yet on how, logistically, it would work, given the four judges usually end up all across the world.

On last year's series, Simon took his Over 25s to Los Angeles, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini brought the girls to Nice, Mel B took the boys to Cancun, and Louis Walsh jetted off to Bermuda with the groups.

So far, we have no idea which judges are actually returning this year. Apart from Simon, obvs! There have been rumours Louis has quit/been sacked but it's all quite confusing. As for Mel B? Who knows! As always, we'll just have to wait and see!

We've heard rumblings that Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw could become a judge... really? So far, he hasn't said anything about whether he's had talks with Simon.

As always, reps for X Factor are keeping coy, saying there will be changes but it's too early to say what they will be.

One change we DO know is happening, however, is that Caroline Flack and Olly Murs will be replacing Dermot O'Leary as hosts of the show, marking the first time X Factor is hosted by a duo. Sarah-Jane Crawford has also quit her hosting job on Xtra Factor but a replacement hasn't been confirmed.

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