Strictly, X Factor AND Gogglebox: What will you be watching tonight?

Three TV big-hitters are competing for your attention tonight at 9pm, but which show are you going to tune into?

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TV programmes (like men, job interviews and countless other things) are a bit like buses. You wait all summer for something other than sport and then three great shows come along at once.

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Tonight at 9:00pm sees three big-hitters – BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, ITV’s The X Factor and Channel 4’s Gogglebox – compete for your telly-watching attention. And choosing which show you’re going to watch live is a bit of a tricky one…

On BBC1 we have the very first episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing when we’ll get to see the fifteen newly-bronzed celebrities, from Judy Murray and Pixie Lott to Scott Mills and Thom Evans, showcase their moves in their initial live performances. As well as see what a world post-Brucie is really like – and soak up all the glittery goodness of the sparkly competition. 

Over on ITV, The X Factor, which appears to have moved to Friday night just to go head-to-head with Strictly’s series 12 foray, has popped up. Simon Cowell’s talent competition has been on for a while now, but tonight sees the remaining singers’ talents tested further in the start of the boot camp stage. Yes, that does mean a return of the dreaded six-chair challenge. 

Not one to be left out of the competition, Channel 4 have scheduled their Bafta-winning reality TV show Gogglebox – you know, the one where we watch people like us watch telly that we’ve watched – to go up against the talent show giants. Returning for its fourth series, Gogglebox promises to be as entertaining and heart-warming as ever, without a sob story in sight… 

It’s a tough choice, but in just a few hours it’ll be decision time. So, what will you be watching? 

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[Disclaimer: If you have in fact not been waiting all summer for the sport to stop, you can tune into highlights from day one of the Ryder Cup at 8:30pm on BBC2…]