X Factor: The Band

So at the last minute Simon Cowell has scrapped X Factor All Stars in place of X Factor The Band.

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A presumably exasperated ITV spokesperson said: “We are hugely excited to confirm The X Factor: The Band to air in December 2019 on ITV.

"Simon Cowell and The X Factor have discovered some of the biggest pop groups in history, including One Direction, Fifth Harmony and Little Mix. Now the aim is to find the new superstar group – though now in record-breaking time."

As if to compound this car crash, it's all set to take place around the week of the General Election.

Spare a thought for the researchers currently frantic trying to sign up people to audition.
 
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Was there really a need for a separate thread given this show hasn’t even been officially announced yet?
 
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It's just getting embarrassing at this point, even the long drawn out death of Big Brother didn't quite seem this desperate.

Simon's issue (well one of), is he just blows his load too early. He's always too quick to announce things and then when things change he has egg on his face. All this kind of drama should just be happening away from public eyes. It damages an already tarnished brand.
 
I genuinely think people are going to be more inclined to apply for Little Mix's version. I mean, for starters, they're an actual established and successful group, secondly, it's a brand new show and format, and thirdly, we all know how ratings and views of The X Factor have dwindled over the years. I don't think the girls have anything to worry about.
 
I genuinely think people are going to be more inclined to apply for Little Mix's version. I mean, for starters, they're an actual established and successful group, secondly, it's a brand new show and format, and thirdly, we all know how ratings and views of The X Factor have dwindled over the years. I don't think the girls have anything to worry about.

Plus the Little Mix show isn't being rushed to tv in the space of a few weeks, unlike Simon's show.
 
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Spare a thought for the researchers currently frantic trying to sign up people to audition.

Actually, they're still trying to sign those people up too.

Tvforum.uk poster said:
My Facebook feed is filled with old colleagues of mine desperately trying to find casting people for this band series, sounds like it's the very definition of a quick turnaround show. ITV must have given it the go ahead literally days ago. Will be really interesting to see what they can put together in the space of a month, and indeed what on earth the format will be.
 
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Do I apply and scam my way through this so I can report back to PJ?

(Little Mix are already doing this so much better, they're saying 'boyband, girlband, mixed band, who knows!' whereas this is 'boy or girl band'. How is this going to work..)
 
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Well, here's the video announcement. I guess Simon is really leaning into "UK-pop" despite already getting clowned for it.

 
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