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The X Factor 2017

Huge changes planned - BGT-style scheduling (March 2017)

Shaun Linden Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
You can't feasibly air the X Factor live across a week unless you made some big changes which I don't think they would. It would also mean starting later in the year which ITV and Syco would not want surely due to making money from advertising.
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Remember the ratings are lower, but if it become are more highly packed show Ie there ad agency have to start fighting to the slots up go the price!
mapperuo STV North Reporting Scotland
Not that I watch the show but I did always wonder why it took four hours every weekend to eliminate one contestant.

Well it's a 2 hour show on Saturday then a 1 hour show on Sunday so not 4. But they do pad perhaps unnecessarily so I will agree with.
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
Feels like 9.
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
The problem with trying to strip the finals across a week is that it would require each contestant to learn a week's worth of songs and any accompanying choreography. By contrast BGT acts only have to learn their initial live performance piece and their final piece, usually with a day or more rest.

It's reasonable to assume for a live week of X Factor shows to work it would require a radical format change, most likely with not everyone performing each night. I wouldn't be too surprised though if the number of live shows were cut to take up fewer weeks.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
If it wasn't for not wanting to lose face against Strictly and ITV not having anything else that could get 6m+ viewers on a Saturday night the sensible thing to do would be to have an all-in-one performance and result show on the Sunday night, which generally rates higher. The pattern with the US talent shows has been dropping the results show as ratings dip as it's a quick way to cut the costs.

I think the obvious compromise there is to have all in one performance and result shows on both Saturdays and Sundays. That would be more manageable for the acts (learning two performances a week) and halves the time the judges have to be available for the live shows and the time they need to hire the studio.
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Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
About time the X Factor had a revamp. Its been awful for the last 3 or 4 series IMO.

I think having live shows across a week could work. They need not have every act performing every night, could have 1 category each night then the final on the Friday or Saturday.

Id guess they would still do 3 or 4 weeks of auditions on both the Saturday and Sunday, then 2 weekends of bootcamp (the 6 chair challenge is awful and should be scrapped), a weekend of judges houses and then onto the live shows on the Monday.

The whole thing could be done with in 8 or 9 weeks and run from Mid Sept to Mid Nov before "Im a Celebrity" takes the slot for the remaining weeks. As has been suggested already im sure on Saturdays Im a Celeb could have a 90 minute show which would take up a lot of what would have been X Factor airtime.
Could they split it into four heats, divided by the categories - boys, girls, overs, groups - and then the winner from the public vote and a judges wildcard go through to a grand final?

Drop the results show and have the guest singer on whilst the voting window is open... much easier and cheaper way.
Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
Something I think that works well on The Voice is having several contestants going home in one show. Like in the quarter final last night we lost 4 contestants, next week we lose another 4 leaving the last 4 for the final. Apart from occasional double eliminations X Factor don't lose more than 1 contestant a week.

If they were to do heats they could do Monday-Friday with one contestant going through per night so there would be 5 in the final. They could even have the final over 2 nights like they do now with 2 going home the Saturday and the final 3 on the Sunday.
all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I don't think it works well on The Voice at all. Their live shows feel rushed.

I don't think we'll see any changes on this sort of scale, to be honest with you. The show's biggest issue of the last few years has been the quality of the contestants. They basically seem obsessed with trying to recreate 2010 (the year of One Direction, Wagner, Katie Waissel - and the biggest ratings they've ever had) but failing. That year was a perfect storm of big characters but also really talented acts, and probably mostly came about by accident. I don't think you can manufacture that like they've tried so hard to do.

Still waiting for what or who the scapegoat for last year's ratings will be. The year before the blame was all (very unfairly) placed on Olly, Caroline and Nick - Olly never got over *that* blunder on the results show, Caroline was the professional she always is, and Nick was actually very witty and insightful.
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Agree - a big issue with The Voice is the audience doesn't really connect with the contestants and as much as The X Factor live shows can feel like a chore it didn't work too well for them when they cut it down to 7 live shows due to the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The Aussie version tried to cut down the live shows last year with mass eliminations and that just resulted in the axe.

I do think realistically if a week of live shows does happen it'll be before the final stage with a reworked Six Chair Challenge (and judges houses scrapped, saving considerable cash). Then the live stages would probably see the separate results show scrapped and it all just streamlined a bit more, with the inevitable aim to be to cut costs (reflecting it's current ratings) rather than to revamp the show - but actually streamlining things is just the kind of revamp it needs.
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