It’s time! To face! The live shows! Well, sort of: we’ve still got to get firmly past the audition rounds, the Six Chair Challenge and the Judges’ Houses before Dermot O’Leary jumps on stage to shout: “Your Saturday night starts right here!”

But nothing wrong with getting excited early, right?

So, what can we expect from the upcoming live episodes? Here’s all you need to know.

When are The X Factor live shows on TV?

The first live show will take place Saturday October 20th. You can get free tickets for the shows here.

We also know that the final itself is due to air on Saturday 1st December.

Will there be wildcard acts? And will there be another sing-off for the top place of the week?

We’re not sure. Yet. However, the twists and turns of this year’s X Factor will be announced in due course and revealed in this very article.

Where are The X Factor live shows filmed?

Like last year, filming is will take place in LH2 Studios in Acton, London W3.

Who are the judges in the X Factor live shows?

Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell, Ayda Field/Williams and Robbie Williams won’t be the only judges to appear on the panel during the X Factor’s live stages. Sharon Osbourne is also due to return in a judging role.

It’s not yet clear if Robbie will appear in every live show either. He’s scheduled to perform in Buenos Aires on Saturday 10th November and in Mexico City the following Saturday (17th November) so there may be a spare seat going on the panel for a couple of weeks.

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