When is The X Factor 2018 on TV? Everything we know about series 15

From who the judges are to when the live shows are taking place, here's everything you need to know about the latest series of the ITV show

The X Factor 2018 judges: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell

The X Factor is back – now in its 15th series – with a new panel of judges, a familiar face hosting and one or two new twists aiming to spice things up.


Here’s everything you need to know about the return of the biggest singing show on British TV…

When is The X Factor 2018 on TV?

This Saturday (October 12th), The X Factor airs at 8.35pm on ITV. The show will also be on Sunday, 8pm

Who are The X Factor judges?

Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger have been axed, and the new-look line up for 2018 includes Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell.

Former judge Sharon Osbourne was due to return to The X Factor for the live shows, but she’s since announced she won’t be appearing. “I really don’t think I’m needed,” she said.

You can read the full judges announcement here – and discover just who the flip Ayda Field is here.

Why is Ayda Field a judge on The X Factor?

With limited (read: no) singing experience, Robbie Williams’ wife has been the surprise X Factor signing of 2018. However, at a press conference revealing the line-up, she defended her place on the panel and explained what she’s going to bring to the show.

Has Bootcamp been replaced?

Yes. RadioTimes.com understands Bootcamp has been replaced by a photo-based deliberation process, where the judges will drop some successful auditionees before the dreaded Six Chair Challenge.

Expect it to be very similar to the deliberation stage in Britain’s Got Talent, with the judges um-ing and ah-ing over a table covered with polaroids of contestants.

What other twists are there on The X Factor this year?

Although we have no idea what’s in store for the live shows as – and whether the Sunday night prize sing thing is back – we do know about a twist for the Six Chair Challenge.

Similar to the Golden Buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor is bringing in a ‘Golden X’ for the show this year. Find out more about what this is here.

What are the judges’ categories?

The categories the judges were handed are…

Simon Cowell – Girls

Robbie Williams – Groups

Louis Tomlinson – Boys

Ayda Field – Overs

Is there a trailer for The X Factor 2018?

Not a trailer as such, but ITV has revealed a slightly cringe Love Island-inspired teaser featuring Ayda, Robbie and Simon bickering. Where’s Louis?

When is The X Factor 2018 final?

Back in the day, it was tradition for X Factor to finish the week before Christmas. This meant that the winner would release their single, everyone would buy it and they’d pretty much be guaranteed the festive Number 1 spot in the charts.

Now? Not so much. Last year, the show had its earliest ever finish with the live final falling on Sunday 3rd December and we now know that this year’s final will kick off even earlier, on Saturday 1st December.

The X Factor judges 2018: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell
The X Factor judges 2018: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell (Getty)

Where is The X Factor filmed? And how can I get tickets?

The X Factor auditions have already been filmed, with the closed room done away with and the arena auditions brought back for 2018. The Six Chair Challenge meanwhile was filmed in early August.

Tickets for The X Factor live shows are available now. In order to get your hands on them, head to ApplauseStore.com.

Where are The X Factor’s Judges’ Houses for 2018?

The locations for Judges’ Houses haven’t yet been confirmed, but as soon as they are we will be revealing them here.

However, for the time being, RadioTimes.com understands that Simon, Robbie and Ayda’s Judges’ Houses will all be in LA, while Louis’ will be filmed in Europe. 

Who’s presenting The X Factor?

Host Dermot O’Leary is again returning to the ITV show. The longstanding presenter was dropped in 2015 in favour of Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, but was swiftly reinstated the following year and – thank goodness – has been helming the show ever since.

Dermot O'Leary on The X Factor 2017
Dermot O’Leary on The X Factor 2017 (ITV)

Is The Xtra Factor back on ITV2?

No. The ITV2 spin-off used to be a mainstay, but it has actually been axed. There’s been no word that it’s coming back. RIP.


The X Factor will return to ITV in the autumn