X Issue 2018: Tips on how to watch this week

Don't care about celebrities attempting to master the Charleston? Well the X Factor is back with new judges. Find out everything you need to know, including when X Factor is on this week


  • > When is X Factor on TV this week?
  • > How to watch X Factor online
  • > What's this week's episode?
  • > Who are the judges?
  • > When is the X Factor 2018 final?
  • > How to get X Factor live show tickets
  • > Who won previous X Factor series?

The summer is coming to an end and although darker and colder nights are beckoning, that means you can get cosy and watch some good old fashioned TV. The X Factor has now started up again and we've also got plenty of other details.

X Factor might be struggling in the ratings battle against the likes of Strictly Come Dancing but ITV refuses to can the talent show, which is now into its 15th series.

When is X Factor on TV this week?

This Saturday (20 October), The X Factor is on 8:25pm on ITV. It'll be the first live show of the series. The show starts slightly earlier on Sunday, at 8pm, also on ITV.

How to watch X Factor online

Since X Factor is on ITV 1 you can watch online with the ITV Hub on a wide range of devices including your phone.

If you’re holidaying outside of the UK, there are ways to watch the ITV Hub abroad such as using a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN.

What's this week's episode?

This week the final 16 contestants have been chosen so it's time for the live shows. All of the contestants will take turns to give their first live performance in front of the judges and the nation. You'll be able to vote for your favourite using the X Factor app.

Who are the judges?

This year Simon Cowell is the only remaining judge from the last series. That means there are three new judges. They are actress Ayda Williams, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson and singer Robbie Williams.

We also now know which categories they'll be looking after: Simon has the girls, Louis has the boys, Robbie has the groups, and Ayda will manage the over 25s.

Sharon Osbourne was also meant to be returning to the show as an additional judge for the live shows, but withdrew at the last minute amid speculation over whether she'd quit or been fired. A firing had been rumoured after an explosive interview with Howard Stern in which she called Cowell "a 'f*****g pain in the a***" and got snippy at new judge Ayda: "I don't know [what she knows]. She was in a soap opera here years ago."

Still, Osbourne has released a statement claiming that she'd simply quit the show after seeing how well the new judges are doing.

"After watching the new season of X Factor unfold, I've seen the new judges finding their rhythm and [they] are doing brilliantly.

"Simon was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows but at this point I really don't think I'm needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point.

"So I have decided to pass on the series this year. I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season."

When is the X Factor 2018 final?

We don't know for sure but last year's final was on the first Sunday of December. So by that logic, the 2018 final will potentially take place on 2 December.

How to get X Factor live show tickets

The auditions might be over but you can get free tickets for the live shows, which will take place in London, starting from 20 October.

Simply sign up here to apply for tickets.

Who won previous X Factor series?

It's always oddly hard to remember who won previous X Factor series. Here are the previous winners going back to 2010.

  • 2017 – Rak-Su
  • 2016 – Matt Terry
  • 2015 – Louisa Johnson
  • 2014 – Ben Haenow
  • 2013 – Sam Bailey
  • 2012 – James Arthur
  • 2011 – Little Mix
  • 2010 – Matt Cardle

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