Like 8.4 million others I was sucked into watching the odd episode of the X Factor last season (although I have to confess that both Gary Barlow and Kylie as judges ensured I was more of a Voice fan...). The auditions kicked off last week in Manchester and although we are yet to hear anyone sing we've already had a sneaky look at the judges' outfits! So far we know that it's likely to be broadcast in late August, that there'll be no more Louis ("I didn't like it, I loved it!") Walsh and no more Mel B. Sadly, there will also be a big Dermot O'Leary shaped hole in my Saturday nights as he's being replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.
The judging line up is:
Simon Cowell (well, he hasn't actually confirmed it at the time of writing, but it is his show...)
Rita Ora (poached from the BBC's aforementioned The Voice)
Nick Grimshaw - the Radio 1 breakfast show host, who has already come in for some criticism as he's not a singer
In the meantime we can continue to watch the build up and marvel over Cheryl's transformation from pop-star wannabe to fully fledged style-maven...