“The X Factor UK” is back for its 15th season, which will make its exciting two-night premiere here in the U.S. on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 on AXS TV. Fans all over the world have already proven their love for the UK’s popular reality singing competition. In honor of reaching its 15-year milestone of churning out superstars and hit songs, we put together this list of five reasons tune in and watch the new season of “The X Factor UK” below.
5. “The X Factor UK” is a hitmaking heavyweight among reality singing competitions
“The X Factor UK” has established itself as a bonafide hitmaking heavyweight with artists hailing from its ranks collectively selling over 400 million records worldwide and scoring over 200 No. 1 singles. Bands like One Direction and Little Mix went from season seven third-place finishers and season eight champion “X Factor UK” contenders, respectively, to become two of the biggest groups in the world.
1D alone sold over 50 million albums worldwide by 2017, before going on an indefinite hiatus. Its members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and previously-departed member Zayn Malik have also pursued successful solo career’s during the band’s break, with Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album topping the charts in multiple countries, including the U.S. and his native UK.
4. Dermot O’Leary is back to host and awkwardly dance and hug his way into our hearts
Dermot O’Leary has hosted “The X Factor UK” since 2007 – except for 2015, when Olly Murs and Caroline Flack stepped in to helm the show in season 12. Dermot returns to his presenting post and let’s be honest, his zany, awkward dance moves and his genuine heartfelt hugs for “X Factor” hopefuls and their nervous families are just so sweet and endearing. He may never compete on “World of Dance” but Dermot continues to prove you don’t have to deliver world-class choreography to dance your way into millions of viewers’ hearts around the world.
3. Arena auditions are back
Arena auditions return for season 15 of “The X Factor UK” and this means thousands of people will weigh in the contenders as they perform in front of the judges for the first time and hope for a pass-through to the next round. Yes, Room Auditions are intimate, but, there’s nothing quite like getting a sense of how a potential artist might present themselves to an enthusiastic live crowd. In this case, the contenders will hit the stage at SSE Arena, Wembley in London to make a bid for their shot at stardom.
2. Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams are on the judging panel
As previously reported, 1D member Louis Tomlinson, international pop star Robbie Williams and his actress-presenter wife Ayda Field are joining the season 15 judging panel alongside show boss and veteran judge Simon Cowell. Sharon Osbourne will also return as a fifth judge for the live shows.
Directioners everywhere are undoubtedly thrilled they get to watch Louis smile his dazzling smile and pay his “X Factor UK” success forward to a new batch of hopefuls each week. Robbie Williams is the best-selling British solo artist in the UK and a former member of the British pop group Take That. Robbie has won 18 BRIT Awards and sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He appeared on “The X Factor UK” as a mentor in the highly-debated Judges’ Houses round with Sharon Osbourne in 2016. Ayda Field is known for acting roles on American FOX series “Back to You,” ITV/Netflix series “Paranoid” and for being a guest panelist on “Loose Women,” among other roles. It’ll be fun watching Robbie and Ayda as a husband-and-wife team on “The X Factor.”
1. More dreams are about to come true and you’ll witness the magic unfold
Many diehard “X Factor UK” fans will never forget when a charismatic, 16-year-old boy named Harry Styles auditioned in front of “The X Factor” judges as a solo artist with his amazing a capella rendition of “Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder. It’s crazy to see his beaming mom wearing a “We think Harry has The X Factor” t-shirt and plastering him with kisses backstage before he performs, to earn a pass to the next round, only to get shot down later in the solo category.
Then, in true “X Factor” surprise fashion, Harry gets put into an impromptu “group” with four other young boys he didn’t know, only to go on and sell over 50 million albums worldwide as a member of One Direction. Shame on you, Louis Walsh for saying “no” for “all the right reasons.” Thank God Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger felt otherwise. (Watch Harry Styles’ mind-blowing, life-changing original “X Factor UK” audition above).
The next Harry Styles, One Direction, or Leona Lewis could potentially be waiting in “The X Factor” wings to make their own music dreams come true. This is feel-good TV at its best and you’ll witness the magic unfold as season 15 of “The X Factor UK” kicks off.
U.S. viewers can watch it starting Sept. 2 and 3 with the two-night season premiere airing 24-hours after the UK broadcast at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV. Weigh in the action by using the #UKintheUSA Find AXS TV on your TV and stay tuned to AXS for “The X Factor UK” news and updates.