X Factor cancels plans for live judges' houses?

Published Wednesday, Sep 16 2015, 09:36 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor bosses have reportedly cancelled plans to film the judges' houses section of the show live from four different locations around the world.

It had been heavily hyped that this year we'd watch live as the acts performed at the judges' houses around the world before judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw decided who to take to live shows and who should go home.

But according to reports in today's newspapers, those plans have been changed because of alleged logistical difficulties with filming live from four different countries in potentially different timezones around the world.

X Factor judges and presenter lineup 2015

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A source told The Mirror that now, each judge will jet off to their exotic judges' houses location as per usual, and they'll watch their six chosen acts audition for them. But in a twist, the acts won't find out who is through to live shows until they are back in London.

We will find out which acts are going to live shows in a live show filmed in London after the judges' houses episodes have aired on TV.

The newspaper's insider said: "The biggest part of the show is the contestants' reactions - finding out whether they have made it to the live shows and learning who the final 12 are. Now that we are finalising our plans this will all happen live from the studio in Wembley with all the judges and the contestants together, along with their friends and family.

"For the rest of the show we are going to pre-record the contestants performing on location, as logistically and technically this will give us the best show for viewers.

"This seems like a good compromise with a new live element in London and the luxury of judges' houses at luxury locations too."

Sounds intriguing!

And does this mean hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs will now be able to jet off to the exotic judges' houses locations? Under the live judges' houses plans, they'd been told they would have to stay in the UK to anchor the show from a studio in London.

We already know which judges have which categories: Simon has the overs, Cheryl the groups, Rita the girls and Nick the boys. What we don't know yet is who made it to judges houses. The initial auditions are still airing on ITV, while the boot camp segment was only filmed earlier this month.

X Factor continues 8pm on Saturday on ITV.