And yes, that does mean that Deadlock has been done away with, too. But that’s not all…
Why is there no sing-off on The X Factor?
In previous series of the show, all the acts would sing on Saturday night and the two performers who received the lowest number of votes from the public would land in the bottom two.
They would then perform again on Sunday night’s results show, and the judges would decide based on that song who should stay and who should leave. If they couldn’t reach a majority vote (or one of them decided to abstain *cough* Cheryl *cough*) the decision would go to Deadlock, deferring back to the public vote.
However this year, that has all been completely done away with. Instead, the act who receives the lowest vote from the public on Saturday will leave that night, and the act with the lowest vote on Sunday will also be sent packing.
So two acts will definitely be eliminated this weekend.
How are the Saturday and Sunday live shows going to work?
The traditional Sunday night results show has been completely scrapped this year in a dramatic shake-up of the format.
Instead, there are going to be two near-identical episodes of The X Factor on both Saturday and Sunday.
Believe it or not, there is still a sing-off on The X Factor. But instead of being between the bottom two singers, it’s now between the top two acts.
The act who gets the most votes on Saturday night (when the Groups and the Overs compete) will go up against the top performer from Sunday night (from the Girls and the Boys) in a sing-off. The act who is deemed the best of the two will then win a music-themed prize. Quite what this will be remains to be seen. Maybe it’s a pile of signed Boyzone and Westlife albums that Louis has clogging up his garage? Who knows.