What is 'The X Factor'?:
The X Factor is the U.S. version of a reality show and singing competition that has been the top British series for nearly a decade. One of the aspects that sets The X Factor apart from other reality singing competitions (like American Idol) is that the singers must audition in front of both the judges and a live audience of thousands.
How Does 'The X Factor' Work?:
- The Audition: A hundred thousand singers audition for the judges and a theater audience, who both vote on which performers to accept.
- Bootcamp: At Bootcamp, singers are sorted into four groups and must sing, dance and perform to move on.
- Judges' Houses: Each group is assigned to a judge. The contestants move in with their judge, living in the judge's house where the judge will choose their favorite singers.
- Live Show: Judges will coach their singers on song choice, outfits and stage presence. The judges panel will critique the live performances but viewers choose the X-Factor winner by voting for their favorite singers.
What Does the Winner of 'The X Factor' Win?:
The singers on The X Factor compete for the chance to win a recording contract. Reportedly the largest prize in TV history, the recording contract with Syco/Sony Music is worth five million dollars
Who Are 'The X Factor' Judges?:
The judges on The X Factor are former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, Antonio "L.A." Reid (the former Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group), pop star Britney Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato.
Paula Abdul, formerly of Idol and Nicole Scherzinger (former judge on The Sing-Off and winner of Dancing with the Stars Season Ten) were judges on the first season of X Factor before being asked to leave.
Who Hosts 'The X Factor'?:
Model turned TV host Steve Jones was the host of The X Factor in Season One. Who will replace him? We'll find out in September.
Who Produces 'The X Factor'?:
The X Factor is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Executive producers include Simon Cowell, Rob Wade, Siobhan Greene, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares.
When Does 'The X Factor' Air?:
The X Factor first appeared on September 21, 2011 and airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7PM Central.