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X Factor fans rejoice! 

Fans of the talent show will get the chance to see their favourite acts from this year's competition perform on stage when the live tour returns to Dublin and Belfast next year.

The live show will feature the show's six semi-final acts along with a seventh wildcard act that will be decided by a public online vote. 

The acts already confirmed for the tour are Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Linnen.

Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price narrowly  missed out on their spot in the tour when they were voted off last Saturday. 

The X Factor Live Tour will kick off at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday February 16 before travelling to Dublin on Saturday February 17, 2018, and on to a number of cities in the UK. 

Tickets for the tour are now available via usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online. 


On the surface, Nicole Scherzinger may make it seem like nothing could bring her down, but as we know, when it come it comes to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, everyhitng is not always as it seems.

The X Factor judge has admitted she feels as though fame has caused her to miss out on some major life events and often feels lonely due to her busy schedule.

Speaking to The Star, the former Pussycat Doll explained how she struggles to balance her professional and personal life.


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“Anybody who is successful in what they do is making sacrifices. It's juggling and finding the balance,” she said.

“I've absolutely missed out on things in life. It is hard, I'm not going to lie.”

Nicole went on to reveal how her relationships have suffered as a result of her hectic career.

“It can be lonely. I'm always on the road, I'm always by myself. I think anybody in this industry feels lonely.”

“Relationships suffer. Look at me. I'm not married and I haven't got kids yet.”


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The singer, who is currently dating 26-year-old tennis star, Grigor Dimitrov, said “timing is everything” when it comes to getting the balance just right.

“I would say it generally gets harder to find the balance the older you get.”

“When things are aligned then it will be easier. There's always a sacrifice to be made but it's either worth it or not,” the 39-year-old added.

Meanwhile it's rumoured that Nicole has not signed up to appear on next year's X Factor judging panel, amid reports that Cheryl could potentially return to fill the role.

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Last night's X Factor saw Simon Cowell take the hot seat as the groups battled it out for a spot at judges' houses.

Spaces began to fill up fast, and by the time Wicklow brothers, Seán and Conor Price took to the stage, all six seats had been taken.

And it looks like the added pressure may have impacted the sibling's nerves as their first song, an original called Something in the Way, failed to impress the music mogul.

Within seconds, Simon waved a hand in the air signalling for the performance to stop, before asking the boys if they had another song prepared.

"Guys, I'm going to be honest with you. After that, I'm not sure if I'm going to give you a chair. So I need to hear another song. What's your backup?," he said.

Determined not to let set-back stop them from landing the seat they so desperately wanted, Seán and Conor stepped up to the plate with a stellar performance of another original track, Time.

After winning over all four judges, as well as an audience of thousands, Simon offered the duo a seat, though he did note that the lads would need to work on their nerves if they were going to progress further in the competition.

"Guys, what's clear is that in the small rooms you were much more comfortable. I think it's very difficult for people your age to be on a stage this big because you're showing your nerves. 

"So I have to make a decision whether I think this is right for you or too much for you."

"Okay, I've made a decision. You are going to take the seat."

So, it's onwards and upwards for the Blessington brothers, and we can't wait to follow their journey all the way to the top.


After finding fame as a contestant on The X Factor, it looks like Olly Murs has swapped allegiances by joining rival talent show, The Voice.

Rumours about the singer's involvement with the show began circulating late last week, and today, producers finally confirmed that Olly has been recruited as a judge for the 2018 series.

Replacing Gavin Rossdale, the singer will take his place in the famous red chair alongside an all-star panel comprising of will.i.am, Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson.

Murs said: “I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on The Voice UK and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom.

“I’m excited to mentor new artists and without doubt I’m in it to win!”

Speaking about the new addition, will.i.am said: “I’m excited to sit alongside Jennifer and Tom again this year, and I know that Olly will add a fun new twist to this year’s coaches’ team.”

However, not everyone is thrilled about Olly's latest career move.

X Factor boss, Simon Cowell, is said to be less than impressed that the star has taken a position on the rival show – especially after he left the X Factor in 2015 claiming he wanted to focus on his music.

The new series of The Voice UK will air on ITV early next year.


Calling all X-Factor fans!

Cheryl Tweedy is officially returning to the judging panel in the upcoming season of the now iconic talent show. 

At least for the judges houses section of the competition anyway, according to a new photo released today. 


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In the snap, Cheryl can be spotted posing with head judge Simon Cowell at his mansion in southern France. 

'Simon is ecstatic at getting Cheryl back working with him again,' a source previously told the Mail On Sunday.

'They’ve had their ups and downs to say the least but he hugely respects her opinion.'


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'He has been working on it for a while,' they continued. 

'He and Cheryl have been talking a lot over the last months…'

Cheryl first appeared on the panel back in 2008.



Wicklow brothers, Sean and Conor Price, wowed X Factor judges last night with their contemporary twist on Jimi Henrix's classic, All Along The Watchtower.

Having performed as a duo for around four years, the talented pair could often be seen busking on Dublin's Grafton Street, where they began to build a loyal fanbase.

However, last night, the brothers decided to take their music careers up a notch by attempting to win over the X Factor judges in the Edinburgh auditions.

After a flawless performance complete with an original rap from eldest brother, Sean, the siblings were met with a round of applause from all four judges with Simon Cowell even declaring the audition as “one of the best we've had.”

He added: I'm going to say something to you guys – I don't want to change a single thing from what I saw and heard today"- a massive compliment from the music mogul.

Sean and Conor received a unanimous 'yes' vote, and will proceed to the next stages of the competition.

But of course, the judges weren't the only ones who fell in love with the Blessington duo. Twitter went wild for the unique performance, with some even predicting the boys will go on to win the show.

Watch this space!


Grace Davies reduced Nicole Scherzinger to tears when she performed self-penned track, Roots, at her first X Factor audition, which aired on Saturday.

The 20-year-old left the four judges stunned by her heartfelt performance, and it came as no surprise to viewers that the talented young singer was rushed directly through to the next stage of the competition.

But as the first episode of the 14th season drew to a close over the weekend, rumours had already begun circulating that suggested Grace wasn't the struggling artist she made herself out to be.

With reports that she had previously performed with Olly Murs to whispers she had a number of connections in the music industy, Grace's claims that she desperately needed a break began to ring a little hollow.

However, it looks like Grace is all too aware how badly rumours can effect your chances in a show like the X Factor, so she wasted no time clarifying the rumours during a TV appearance this morning.

Speaking with Lorraine Kelly, Grace insisted that the rumours were unfounded, and the reports were blown out of proportion.

"I’ve never had a record deal. When I was 18 I self-released an EP. I wrote it all when I was 16 and 17 and I just organised a band and recorded it in my local recording studio," Grace told Lorraine.

‘I didn’t have a management, I didn’t have a label, I just stuck it up on the internet and hoped that friends and family would share it. I’ve never been signed to a record label, I’m still not, that’s why I’m on the show."

We wonder if that's enough to shut down the rumours…


Look, there's absolutely no denying that interest in the X Factor has waned in recent years.

At its height (we're looking at you, One Direction), the show was a Saturday night staple, but as the years have gone on, the public appear a little jaded by the whole format.

And with whispers of fixed auditions and behind-the-scenes record deals, TV critics have been quick to say that reality TV fans are looking elsewhere for their fix.

Yet despite the apparent dip in interest, Twitter was absolutely lit last night as the viewing public – and Louis Tomlinson – settled in for episode 1 of season 14.

From Kayleigh who wowed the judges to Grace Davies who had Nicole Scherzinger in tears, the calibre was pretty high for the first day of auditions.

And here are just a selection of tweets which sum up Simon, Sharon, Louis and Nicole's return to Saturday night entertainment…

1. Well, if Louis is on board…

 2. Preach.

 3. Ouch

 4. Time will tell…

5. We feel you.

6. She speaks the truth. 

7. Sayin' it like it is

8. Touché


Never before seen footage has emerged of One Direction reuniting after Louis Tomlinson's performance on The X Factor last December.

Just three days after Louis' mam passed away, the singer performed Just Hold On to honour his late mother.

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Many speculated that Harry, Liam and Niall would show up, and since we didn't know any better, we thought they were a no-show.

However, a short video has emerged which shows the lads all together again after Louis' performance.

In the 3-second clip, Liam is seen hugging Louis, as Niall and Harry stand beside them.

We're sure their support meant to world to Louis, and we're delighted to see the lads all back together again.


If you think you have what it takes to be the next Little Mix, Leona Lewis or Louisa Johnson, then listen up. 

The X Factor is in town, and they are looking for the next symphonic star. 

If you have a penchant for a tune or two, then you need to make your way to St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre from today until Sunday. 

The show is welcoming both groups and solo singers, as long as they're over 16 years of age.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. 

There are three easy ways to sign up to audition, one of which is simply showing up to the audition on the day.


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The second is registering online here for one of the Open Audition cities, such as Dublin and Belfast. 

You can also send in your own video audition as part of the registry. 

Auditions kick off at 9am each morning, so warm up those vocal cords and get queuing. 



It's time to say goodbye to the Xtra Factor!

It has just been confirmed that the spin-off show will not be coming back this year, with reports indicating it has been going downhill for years now.

The show, which was most recently presented by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson, is instead going to move online, and will feature short clips and extra content.

Reports also suggest that it had nothing to do with the two presenters – the format was just not working anymore.

Rylan took to Twitter earlier today to tell his followers: "After an amazing series, I just want to say what an honour it was to finally host The Xtra Factor alongside the lovely Matt and naughty scamp Roman.

"It was always a one year gig (LOLS) and a full 360 for me and I'm grateful I had that opportunity.

"I propose a wake alongside Matt, Roman, Rochelle, Melvin, Sarah, MattR, Caroline, Olly, Konnie, Fearne, Holly & Ben where we can all wear black and mourn as one. God bless Xtra and all who sailed her. Sleep well girl x."

Matt also took to social media to share his thoughts: "I wanted to write a quick something about my time on Xtra Factor, and the news it's not coming back this year…

"I had an absolute blast working on the show – it's honestly the most fun I've ever had at work, and it's thanks to the best production team in the world.

"Xtra had been on the decline for a few years, but we pulled out all the stops to make a show I am massively proud of.

"The feedback was amazing, and as a fan of The X Factor, it was a joy to be involved in some small way. I loved working with Rylan and Roman, and I've no doubt we'll get to do something fun together in the future.

"There aren't many shows on telly that are live and silly, but I'm so glad I got to sink my teeth into this one."

Richard Holloway, managing director at Thames TV, who makes The X Factor, said: "In the past year there has been an increase in digital engagement and online audiences around The X Factor.

"In light of this, ITV's strategy to focus their efforts on digital means The Xtra Factor on linear television has come to its natural end."

Ah, we'll miss it.


We suppose this is a little early Christmas present for Honey G fans.

Yep, the X Factor rapper has just released her debut single, The Honey G Show, just in time for Christmas.

In the video, the aspiring star references herself to big-time performers such as Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, and then even compares herself to Muhammad Ali.

Oh, and of course the track includes THAT call and response chorus (that we all love so much).

Even though Honey didn't win the X Factor this year, she's still hoping to bag a number one with this song.