21 X Factor clichés we know to expect

We’ve seen it all before, but The X Factor just wouldn’t be the same without these all too familiar happenings


Eleven series into The X Factor we certainly know we’re not just watching a show about good singers trying to break into the charts. There’s got to be laugher, tears, jeopardy


It’s a format that works, clearly. The show has spread internationally and even head honcho Simon Cowell has been tempted back to the UK show alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Sure ITV can jazz the show up with new stages like the dreaded Six Chair Challenge or last year’s flash voting, but we all know we’ll be ticking these moments off along the way…

A really nervous act will turn out to be awesome.

A completely over confident act will be dreadful. 

A band will be split up.

A new band will be created by the judges. 

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will cry. 

Someone will come back who’s been on the series before.

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Simon Cowell will stop someone mid-song. 

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Someone will say it’s their Last. Chance. Ever. 

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The friends and family of an act will storm in after the judges give them a no.

An act that the public really like will be sent packing.

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A controversial act that everyone isn’t all that sure of, will make it to live shows. 

Dermot O’Leary will hug everyone. He’s a hugger. 

Louis will cry. 

… and at some point will probably rock a roll neck

Simon will try and stop Cheryl doing her salute at the start of the live shows. 

Viewers will think someone is OK-ish. Then Simon will say they’re the next big thing and everyone will nod and clap like they thought the same thing all along. 

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Someone will make an X shape with their arms, because they’ve got the X Factor.

Simon will stop an act singing a song, get them to sing another and look all pleased with himself when it’s so much better. 

Simon and Cheryl will row. 

Everyone will boo the judges.

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An act will win and get Christmas number one.

All in a few months work, eh?


The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm on ITV