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DA
David_02 Granada North West Today
New faces and format for The X Factor

ITV has dropped presenter Kate Thornton and sidelined judge Louis Walsh from the next series of The X Factor.

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/

I don't have a subscription but it sounds interesting.
IN
insideguide
ITV has dropped presenter Kate Thornton and sidelined judge Louis Walsh from the next series of The X Factor.

The next series of the ITV1 show will see a number of changes to the format including increasing the number of judges from three to four, a new presenter, a new category and a lower age limit.

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Paul Jackson said: "To keep the show in its number one spot we are always looking at ways of making the format as fresh and exciting as ever and having an extra judge and an additional category will give it a whole new dimension. We have to keep evolving and I'm really excited about series 4."

The age limit will be lowered to 14 and the 14 to 25-year-old category will be split into boys and girls. This will result in four categories, each mentored by one of the four judges.

Auditions for series four will begin next month and the show will be back on air this summer.

Judges Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell will both still appear and Loius Walsh will continue to work with acts from the show off-air.

Walsh said: "After three incredible years, I have decided to leave The X Factor to completely focus my energy on my day job as an artist manager. I am also looking forward to continuing my work with Simon and The X Factor team managing the stars from this year's series."

Thornton added: "Presenting The X Factor these last three years has been fantastic and I truly believe I have taken the show as far as I can. I wish the new host every success; it will be an experience they will never forget. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to some new programmes with ITV".
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Heard this so many times before I'll continue to doubt it until it actually happens.


Anyhow, a bit more: http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=212673322&p=zyz674xz8


I think replacing Louis Walsh is needed to be honest - but it's got to be someone at the same level in the industry who can go on to manage the act - not a pop flop with Louis continuing to manage the acts subsequently.


I'd place my bets on Pete Waterman to be honest - who was the original choice over Louis anyhow.


I'd also like the categories to change - perhaps groups, males and females or even have each judge have one act each from each categroy.
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
Brekkie Boy posted:

I'd place my bets on Pete Waterman to be honest - who was the original choice over Louis anyhow.


I think he's actually on record condeming the whole format of these contests after the second Pop Idol produced Michelle McManus.

With presenter are they going to take the easy option and move up Ben Shephard, anybody but bloody Russell Brand. Laughing Wonder what Kate Thornton's job will become now, she only seems to do this.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Don't see the point at all in lowering the age limit when virtually every 16/17 yr old they've had over the years has been branded too inexperienced!


And I don't really see the point of dropping Kate Thornton - she's more than proved herself a very capable live format presenter over the last three years and there are no obvious candidates about to step into their shoes that don't already front a similar show anyhow.


And if there are four judges, how will the final showdown work?
IN
insideguide
Brekkie Boy posted:


And I don't really see the point of dropping Kate Thornton - she's more than proved herself a very capable live format presenter over the last three years and there are no obvious candidates about to step into their shoes that don't already front a similar show anyhow.


Me either, seems they're just making these changes for the sake of it. Let me guess who will be her replacement - Cat Deeley? Fearne Cotton? Give me a break!!
LU
Luke
Good. Thornton was average at best and didn't handle the live shows particularly well - hence why her role was cut down last series. Walsh was a waste of space and never liked him since he kept in those Irish sisters over Brenda.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
insideguide posted:
Me either, seems they're just making these changes for the sake of it. Let me guess who will be her replacement - Cat Deeley? Fearne Cotton? Give me a break!!



**** hell - won't be Cat Deeley, she's turned her back on UK television now.

Unfortunately though the second sounds a real possibility - and I just don't rate her at all! She was never a good children's presenter - never mind hosting proper telly!
IN
insideguide
Brekkie Boy posted:
insideguide posted:
Me either, seems they're just making these changes for the sake of it. Let me guess who will be her replacement - Cat Deeley? Fearne Cotton? Give me a break!!



****ing hell - won't be Cat Deeley, she's turned her back on UK television now.

Unfortunately though the second sounds a real possibility - and I just don't rate her at all! She was never a good children's presenter - never mind hosting proper telly!


Well good riddance to the first one.

For some reason I have faith they won't sink to the levels of Cotton but they sacked Kate so who knows...?
AN
Ant STV Central Reporting Scotland
The X Factor needs a presenter who shows their personality. Kate never really got across what she was really like (unlike the Pop Idol Xtra days).

Ben would be an easy and good choice, IMO.
JC
JCB
We heard all this last year but this time it actually seems pretty solid.
As much as I loath Kate they'll only replace her with someone equally as crap (like Ben Shepard) so that move seems pointless. As for lowering the age limit - terrible idea. As Brekkie Boy said many younger contestants have been turned away before because they "too young". It will be interesting to see who the two new judges are though.
OV
Orry Verducci Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I'm hoping they get at top-notch presenter for the show, in the same league as Ant and Dec if possible. We don't want another average presenter. I can see the logic of lowering the age limit, as there are many younger teens who want to make a break in the industry, so this should add a bit more variety to the show, and so what if they're bad, I need a good laugh. I'm surprised they haven't advertised the lower age limit on the 'audition now' promo's. As for the judges, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the new ones is one of the American Idol judges *cough*Paula Abdul.

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