Glamorise

18 Feb 19
The art of Film and Fiction

I’m just a nobody, sir’ I don’t mean to glamorise the past, but what I love about 30s movies is the fact that it’s still rather theatrical in tone-in a good way. My Man Godfrey is simply about a socialite named Irene (Carole Lombard) who hires a ‘forgotten man’ named Godfrey (William Powell) as a […]

17 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
SIMON Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal. The 59-year-old has big plans for both of his TV shows, and told The Mail on Sunday he is in talks with some of the biggest global entertainment brands about them. Simon Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal He said: “We are having conversations with Netflix and Amazon and YouTube – all of them. “It was 2000 when we started making these shows, and now there are many, many more opportunities, so we are going to be working with them. “We get four or five calls a year from other broadcasters saying, ‘do you want to do a deal for one show, two shows, three shows, whatever?'” The news has reportedly come as a shock to ITV, which has put a big money deal on the table to keep The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the network. The 59-year-old has axed the traditional format of The X Factor this year in favour of celebrity and all-star versions Simon said he gets “four or five calls a year from other broadcasters” about his shows [bc_video video_id=”5971365961001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Simon Cowell and Ayda Field row live on The X Factor”] A source told the publication: “We hope he will be signing a new deal with ITV for the foreseeable future.” Meanwhile an industry insider added: “There are no plans to move either Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor to Netflix.” Earlier this week, Simon dropped the bombshell that he had axed The X Factor in favour of two specials, a celebrity version and an all-star series. Speaking to The Sun, he explained he couldn’t stand idle and watch the shows succumb to an ongoing ratings slide. [article-rail-section title=”Most Read in TV & Showbiz” posts_category=”6″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He said: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. Britains Got Talent is also getting a Champions version [bc_video video_id=”5968490464001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Louis Tomlinson leaves Simon Cowell in total shock after snapping at him on X Factor”] “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “We just want to get this part cleared up first. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
17 Feb 19
The Sun
SIMON Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal. The 59-year-old has big plans for both of his TV shows, and told The Mail on Sunday he is in talks with some of the biggest global entertainment brands about them. Simon Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal He said: “We are having conversations with Netflix and Amazon and YouTube – all of them. “It was 2000 when we started making these shows, and now there are many, many more opportunities, so we are going to be working with them. “We get four or five calls a year from other broadcasters saying, ‘do you want to do a deal for one show, two shows, three shows, whatever?'” The news has reportedly come as a shock to ITV, which has put a big money deal on the table to keep The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the network. The 59-year-old has axed the traditional format of The X Factor this year in favour of celebrity and all-star versions Simon said he gets “four or five calls a year from other broadcasters” about his shows [bc_video video_id=”5971365961001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Simon Cowell and Ayda Field row live on The X Factor”] A source told the publication: “We hope he will be signing a new deal with ITV for the foreseeable future.” Meanwhile an industry insider added: “There are no plans to move either Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor to Netflix.” Earlier this week, Simon dropped the bombshell that he had axed The X Factor in favour of two specials, a celebrity version and an all-star series. Speaking to The Sun, he explained he couldn’t stand idle and watch the shows succumb to an ongoing ratings slide. [article-rail-section title=”Most Read in TV & Showbiz” posts_category=”325″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He said: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. Britains Got Talent is also getting a Champions version [bc_video video_id=”5968490464001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Louis Tomlinson leaves Simon Cowell in total shock after snapping at him on X Factor”] “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “We just want to get this part cleared up first. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
17 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
SIMON Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal. The 59-year-old has big plans for both of his TV shows, and told The Mail on Sunday he is in talks with some of the biggest global entertainment brands about them. Simon Cowell has revealed he’s in talks with Netflix and Amazon to move The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – just as ITV offer a big-money deal He said: “We are having conversations with Netflix and Amazon and YouTube – all of them. “It was 2000 when we started making these shows, and now there are many, many more opportunities, so we are going to be working with them. “We get four or five calls a year from other broadcasters saying, ‘do you want to do a deal for one show, two shows, three shows, whatever?'” The news has reportedly come as a shock to ITV, which has put a big money deal on the table to keep The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the network. The 59-year-old has axed the traditional format of The X Factor this year in favour of celebrity and all-star versions Simon said he gets “four or five calls a year from other broadcasters” about his shows [bc_video video_id=”5971365961001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Simon Cowell and Ayda Field row live on The X Factor”] A source told the publication: “We hope he will be signing a new deal with ITV for the foreseeable future.” Meanwhile an industry insider added: “There are no plans to move either Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor to Netflix.” Earlier this week, Simon dropped the bombshell that he had axed The X Factor in favour of two specials, a celebrity version and an all-star series. Speaking to The Sun, he explained he couldn’t stand idle and watch the shows succumb to an ongoing ratings slide. [article-rail-section title=”Most Read in TV & Showbiz” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He said: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. Britains Got Talent is also getting a Champions version [bc_video video_id=”5968490464001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Louis Tomlinson leaves Simon Cowell in total shock after snapping at him on X Factor”] “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “We just want to get this part cleared up first. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
17 Feb 19

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15 Feb 19
The Sun
SIMON Cowell is making headlines after he revealed his big plans to revamp his beloved reality competition shows. But what exactly did he reveal about Celebrity X Factor during his exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre column? Here’s everything you need to know. Simon Cowell has big plans for the future of The X Factor When does Celebrity X Factor start? We don’t have an exact start date for the revamped X Factor series just yet. However, we do know that it will kick off this year alongside an all-star version of previous winners. As for why he’s chosen to take a brand new path with X Factor this year, Simon told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “I want to clear up any myths – because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. The X Factor will have celebrities battle it out now Who will be in the line-up? As the big news about the show has just been revealed, we have no clue who Simon wants in the line-up just yet. It is likely that we won’t have a clue who will take the X Factor stage until a month or two before the series premiere. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. However, X Factor judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Simon said: “I think and hope the panel will be the same.” [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON X FACTOR” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”6″ /] What will the format be? Simon Cowell explained that he will be revamping the format of the show by having celebrities battle it out in the stage. Yes, you heard it right! There won’t be any amateurs trying to prove they’ve got the X Factor any more. Although this isn’t the first time the show has seen famous faces competing. Back in 2006, ITV1 aired The X Factor: Battle of the Stars presented by Kate Thornton. The judges of the show were, unsurprisingly, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Sharon Osbourne. [bc_video video_id=”6002586238001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fleur East snubs X Factor: All Stars line-up but Stevie Ritchie would ‘happily join’ celebrity special”]
15 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
SIMON Cowell is making headlines after he revealed his big plans to revamp his beloved reality competition shows. But what exactly did he reveal about Celebrity X Factor during his exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre column? Here’s everything you need to know. Simon Cowell has big plans for the future of The X Factor When does Celebrity X Factor start? We don’t have an exact start date for the revamped X Factor series just yet. However, we do know that it will kick off this year alongside an all-star version of previous winners. As for why he’s chosen to take a brand new path with X Factor this year, Simon told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “I want to clear up any myths – because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. The X Factor will have celebrities battle it out now Who will be in the line-up? As the big news about the show has just been revealed, we have no clue who Simon wants in the line-up just yet. It is likely that we won’t have a clue who will take the X Factor stage until a month or two before the series premiere. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. However, X Factor judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Simon said: “I think and hope the panel will be the same.” [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON X FACTOR” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”6″ /] What will the format be? Simon Cowell explained that he will be revamping the format of the show by having celebrities battle it out in the stage. Yes, you heard it right! There won’t be any amateurs trying to prove they’ve got the X Factor any more. Although this isn’t the first time the show has seen famous faces competing. Back in 2006, ITV1 aired The X Factor: Battle of the Stars presented by Kate Thornton. The judges of the show were, unsurprisingly, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Sharon Osbourne. [bc_video video_id=”6002586238001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fleur East snubs X Factor: All Stars line-up but Stevie Ritchie would ‘happily join’ celebrity special”]
15 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
SIMON Cowell is making headlines after he revealed his big plans to revamp his beloved reality competition shows. But what exactly did he reveal about Celebrity X Factor during his exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre column? Here’s everything you need to know. Simon Cowell has big plans for the future of The X Factor When does Celebrity X Factor start? We don’t have an exact start date for the revamped X Factor series just yet. However, we do know that it will kick off this year alongside an all-star version of previous winners. As for why he’s chosen to take a brand new path with X Factor this year, Simon told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “I want to clear up any myths – because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. The X Factor will have celebrities battle it out now Who will be in the line-up? As the big news about the show has just been revealed, we have no clue who Simon wants in the line-up just yet. It is likely that we won’t have a clue who will take the X Factor stage until a month or two before the series premiere. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. However, X Factor judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Simon said: “I think and hope the panel will be the same.” [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON X FACTOR” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”6″ /] What will the format be? Simon Cowell explained that he will be revamping the format of the show by having celebrities battle it out in the stage. Yes, you heard it right! There won’t be any amateurs trying to prove they’ve got the X Factor any more. Although this isn’t the first time the show has seen famous faces competing. Back in 2006, ITV1 aired The X Factor: Battle of the Stars presented by Kate Thornton. The judges of the show were, unsurprisingly, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Sharon Osbourne. [bc_video video_id=”6002586238001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Fleur East snubs X Factor: All Stars line-up but Stevie Ritchie would ‘happily join’ celebrity special”]
15 Feb 19
The Sun
FANS of the X Factor have been left fearing for the show’s future after Simon Cowell announced a MAJOR shake up. We take a look at whether the series has been cancelled and if we can expect a show this year. Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on this year’s X Factor as part of a huge overhaul of the show Has X Factor 2019 REALLY been cancelled? On February 14, 2019 The Sun revealed how Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on filming X Factor in 2019 as part of a huge overhaul. But it’s not all bad news, as the series will be instead be replaced with two special editions of the show. Poor ratings have made Simon re-think the series. It’s unknown at this time if the original format will return in 2020. The music mogul will launch two special series of the X Factor What can we expect from X Factor this year? It’s been revealed there will be TWO series of The X Factor this year but they will be different to the original format. There will be one featuring celebrities and the other will be an all-star line-up of past contestants. Simon is also launching Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will run in addition to the normal show. The show will see its biggest shake-up in 15 years What has Simon Cowell said about X Factor? Simon has revealed to The Sun his four-year plan for X Factor. He told us: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Robbie Williams will play a key role in the X Factor boss’s future TV plans Who will the judges on Celebrity X Factor and All Stars X Factor? X Factor judges Robbie and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Robbie in particular is key in Simon’s plans for the future as he bids to keep the 2018 new-look X Factor judging panel in place for the overhauled shows. He told me: “I think and hope the panel will be the same. “I’m literally speaking to Robbie tonight because he’s been busy, I’ve been filming, so I’ll have more news again on that soon.” [article-rail-topic title=”More on X Factor” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”12″ /] When did X Factor first launch? The show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from September until December. The judges on series one were Simon along with Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, with Kate Thornton as host. The first series was won by Steve Brookstein and the most recent one in 2018 saw Dalton Harris crowned winner.          
15 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
FANS of the X Factor have been left fearing for the show’s future after Simon Cowell announced a MAJOR shake-up. We take a look at whether the series has been cancelled and if we can expect a show in 2019. Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on this year’s X Factor as part of a huge overhaul of the show Has X Factor 2019 REALLY been cancelled? On February 14, 2019, The Sun revealed how Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on filming X Factor in 2019 as part of a huge overhaul. But it’s not all bad news, as the series will instead be replaced with two special editions of the show. Poor ratings have made Simon re-think the series. It’s unknown at this time if the original format will return in 2020. The music mogul will launch two special shows of The X Factor What can we expect from X Factor this year? It’s been revealed there will be TWO series of The X Factor this year but they will be different to the original format. There will be one featuring celebrities and the other will be an all-star line-up of past contestants. Simon is also launching Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will run in addition to the normal show. The show will see its biggest shake-up in 15 years What has Simon Cowell said about X Factor? Simon has revealed to The Sun his four-year plan for X Factor. He told us: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Robbie Williams will play a key role in the X Factor boss’s future TV plans Who will the judges on Celebrity X Factor and All Stars X Factor? X Factor judges Robbie and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Robbie in particular is key in Simon’s plans for the future as he bids to keep the 2018 new-look X Factor judging panel in place for the overhauled shows. He told me: “I think and hope the panel will be the same. “I’m literally speaking to Robbie tonight because he’s been busy, I’ve been filming, so I’ll have more news again on that soon.” [article-rail-topic title=”More on X Factor” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”12″ /] When did X Factor first launch? The show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from September until December. The judges on series one were Simon along with Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, with Kate Thornton as host. The first series was won by Steve Brookstein and the most recent one in 2018 saw Dalton Harris crowned winner.  
15 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
FANS of the X Factor have been left fearing for the show’s future after Simon Cowell announced a MAJOR shake-up. We take a look at whether the series has been cancelled and if we can expect a show in 2019. Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on this year’s X Factor as part of a huge overhaul of the show Has X Factor 2019 REALLY been cancelled? On February 14, 2019, The Sun revealed how Simon Cowell has pulled the plug on filming X Factor in 2019 as part of a huge overhaul. But it’s not all bad news, as the series will instead be replaced with two special editions of the show. Poor ratings have made Simon re-think the series. It’s unknown at this time if the original format will return in 2020. The music mogul will launch two special shows of The X Factor What can we expect from X Factor this year? It’s been revealed there will be TWO series of The X Factor this year but they will be different to the original format. There will be one featuring celebrities and the other will be an all-star line-up of past contestants. Simon is also launching Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will run in addition to the normal show. The show will see its biggest shake-up in 15 years What has Simon Cowell said about X Factor? Simon has revealed to The Sun his four-year plan for X Factor. He told us: “I want to clear up any myths — because I’ve got some exciting news. “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity. “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.” He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show. “ITV wanted the regular X Factor and, as I’ve told you before, we’ve been offered a new five-year deal on both formats, which we haven’t agreed to yet. “Then next year the main X Factor show will change again and we’ve got something very, very exciting, that I can’t get into yet, but it’s a four-year plan.” Robbie Williams will play a key role in the X Factor boss’s future TV plans Who will the judges on Celebrity X Factor and All Stars X Factor? X Factor judges Robbie and Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson are all being lined up for the new formats. Robbie in particular is key in Simon’s plans for the future as he bids to keep the 2018 new-look X Factor judging panel in place for the overhauled shows. He told me: “I think and hope the panel will be the same. “I’m literally speaking to Robbie tonight because he’s been busy, I’ve been filming, so I’ll have more news again on that soon.” [article-rail-topic title=”More on X Factor” term_id=”13995″ posts_number=”12″ /] When did X Factor first launch? The show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from September until December. The judges on series one were Simon along with Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, with Kate Thornton as host. The first series was won by Steve Brookstein and the most recent one in 2018 saw Dalton Harris crowned winner.