Contains series spoilers. Do not read on if you do not want to know which categories the judges are mentoring.
Simon Cowell is to fly his X Factor category to LA for Judges’ Houses this year, RadioTimes.com understands.
Here he’ll re-audition his crop of singers – this year he’s mentoring the girls – and decide who he’s taking through to the live shows.
LA makes sense for Cowell given that he’s already working stateside as a judge on America’s Got Talent. And it’s a popular destination for X Factor. Cowell himself has held Judges’ Houses there before – in 2014 it was where Fleur East blasted her way into his finalists as well as eventual champ Ben Haenow. And while the boss went to France last year, Rita Ora headed to a pad in LA, where she found winner Louisa Johnson.
Maybe LA holds the key to success? Indeed, winner Sam Bailey was given the thumbs up from Sharon Osbourne in Beverly Hills in 2013.
Insiders couldn’t dish on whether the house would be one of Cowell’s. The idea of it actually being a judge’s house seemed to go out of the window a long time ago. Remember Louis Walsh’s pink hotel in Bermuda? Exactly. X Factor itself is staying tight-lipped on the location and indeed rumours that former judge Cheryl will be by Cowell’s side.
Emma is RadioTimes.com’s resident reality TV expert and is most likely to be found chasing Simon Cowell down the street, cancelling her social life to keep up with the latest batch of sob stories and trying to get selfies with celebrities. Emma is a chat show addict and quotes Friends more than is probably healthy.