American fans can gear up to watch the search for the next big international pop star as “The X Factor UK” returns to AXS TV this fall. Per a press statement, the season 14 judging panel will stay the same, as show boss Simon Cowell resumes his judging seat, along with series original judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger who also return from last year. Veteran host Dermot O’Leary is also back to helm the ship.
The popular UK reality singing competition airs exclusively in North America on AXS TV, in an ongoing partnership that has continued for the past three seasons. U.S. fans love the show and are happily tuning in to watch the magic unfold from the series that turned out huge global music superstars including Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction.
“THE X FACTOR UK is a tremendously popular global series that has resonated with our American audience over the past three years—so much so, in fact, that it has quickly become one of the most popular shows on our network,” said Evan Haiman, Vice President of Programming and Development at AXS TV in the statement. “A big reason for that is the judging panel, they give the series unprecedented charm and personality and the viewers enjoy that so much. We are excited to have Simon, Sharon, Nicole, and Louis back on board, as THE X FACTOR UK returns to AXS TV for the fourth consecutive year.”
Haiman is right. These four “X Factor UK” judges arguably have the best chemistry of any lineup the series has seen. Simon Cowell is currently wowing U.S. fans by resuming his “America’s Got Talent” judging role for the second year in a row. He’ll return to his native UK to take up his veteran post on “The X Factor.”
Last season proved to be a lot of fun, with laughs rolling out of the panel as fast as the hopefuls could hit the stage. We’ll likely never forget “I say Honey, you say G,” aspiring Overs contender Honey G, as well as soulful U.S. native Christopher Peyton, season 13 runner up Saara Aalto and charismatic Louis Tomlinson look-alike champion Matt Terry.
Plus, multiple international superstars have hit “The X Factor UK” stage to debut or perform huge hits including Adele, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Season 14 Judges Houses' mentors have yet to be confirmed. Past superstars who gave the judges and hopefuls a hand include Louis Tomlinson, Calvin Harris and Robbie Williams. Many fans are hoping former 1D member Harry Styles will take a shot at helping Simon this season. His first sold-out solo tour this fall could make joining the show tricky, though. We'll just have to hold out for an official announcement to see who "The X Factor UK" season 14 guest mentors are.