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 (Getty)
Where is The X Factor filmed? And how can I get tickets?
Tickets for The X Factor live shows are available now. In order to get your hands on them, head to ApplauseStore.com.
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.