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