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The X Factor

Sat Aug 31, 8-9.20pm, ITV

By Phil Harrison |
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The X Factor
Series ten, episode one
Autumn’s here, then. And so is the race for the Christmas Number One slot. Added intrigue this year comes from the defenestration of poor Tulisa Contostavlos who’s been bullied out of the show by some scumbag red-top hacks. So, back into the breach comes everybody’s favourite mad auntie Sharon Osbourne.

The ten-minute taster we were able to view devoted most of its time to showing Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger gazing perplexed at Sharon as she babbled, wittered, screamed, fell under the table and generally goofed off for the cameras. So expect the auditions, which begin tonight, to be long. Still, you never know – a few diamonds in the rough may be unearthed. And, from the look of the sampler, we’d say we have a potential winner already. ‘The Xtra Factor’ follows on ITV2, as ever, and there’s more tomorrow at 8pm.

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