Still depressed that the US version of ‘X Factor’ was cancelled? Well, I’ve got some great news! ‘The X Factor UK’ finally has a network home in America. The eleventh season of the show will air on music entertainment channel AXS TV starting August 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. Each program will re-air the same night after the first broadcast.
Season 11 will feature a pair of famous faces that will be instantly recognizable to American audiences, as Simon Cowell makes his much-anticipated return to the panel for the first time in three years. Additionally, former Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent fan-favorite Mel B will make her first appearance as a full-time judge, after previously serving as a guest on the series. Joining the duo is former Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole, who is also returning for the first time in three years, and esteemed music manager Louis Walsh, making his eleventh consecutive appearance since 2004. Award-winning broadcaster and host, Dermot O’Leary, will host the festivities, while also providing support to the aspiring stars.
The last season of ‘The X Factor UK’ attracted up to 11.2 million viewers, and exceeded the UK’s ITV’s prime time average across all demographics—performing exceptionally well for young adults ages 16-34. Over the past decade, ‘The X Factor UK’ has acted as a launching board for several big names in pop music, including boyband sensation One Direction; Grammy-nominated “Bleeding Love” songstress Leona Lewis; and pop stars Olly Murs and Cher Lloyd; R&B quartet JLS; and Little Mix, the first group in the history of ‘The X Factor’ to win the competition. To date, every ‘X Factor UK’ winner has achieved a No. 1 single in the UK music charts.
Broadcast Schedule on AXS TV
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Episode 1 – US Premiere – August 31/same night re-air
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Episode 2 – US Premiere – September 1/same night re-air