X Factor 2017 judges, hosts, auditions and start date: All we know so far

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The X Factor 2017 is getting nearer and from the judges to the hosts, here's all we know so far...

What will be the 14th series is set to return to TV in the autumn but with filming already well underway, there's still lots to discuss.

Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger are all back

Simon Cowell previously said he hoped to keep the same judges as last year for this autumn's series, and that's gone to plan.

Simon returns alongside Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger as The X Factor 2017 judges. This year is the first time since between 2008 and 2010 that the panel has remained the same between series.

A source told The Sun newspaper previously: The ­chemistry was perfect last year, so it’s only natural to want to bring the same line-up together again.

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“It’s usually hard to get people’s schedules to align but for the first year it has worked out."

The insider added: "The judges can’t wait to get started and have already been gossiping behind the scenes.”

Alesha Dixon will appear as a guest judge

But wait, there's more! Alesha Dixon will appear as a guest judge on The X Factor 2017, it's been revealed.

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The current Britain's Got Talent judge will be stepping in for Nicole Scherzinger at this weekends auditions in Manchester.

A spokesperson for The X Factor confirmed: “Alesha is guest-judging for the first day of the Manchester auditions as Nicole is unable to film that day due to a previous diary commitment.”

Dermot O'Leary is definitely back to host

No surprise here after signig a mega contract last year: Dermot is back to front the main show.

In fact, he's already started filming at the auditions in London and Manchester this month.

Xtra Factor has been axed

We don't need to wonder who's hosting the Xtra Factor this year because the show is gone.

Yup, after more than a decade, the Xtra Factor - last year hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson - won't air on ITV2 this year with a new online format replacing it.

A source said: "It’s nothing to do with Rylan and Matt. They did a great job and if the show was continuing on TV they would definitely be returning.

"It’s just about the nature of how people consume TV now."

X Factor auditions 2017

The age limit for The X Factor 2017 contestants has been lowered to 14 for this year's auditions. The recent move is the first time that the age limit has been dropped since 2014.

Now you can apply for this year's series if you are 14 years old or over by the 1st June 2017, when previously you had to be 16.

The X Factor 2016 open auditions in Manchester this weekend

The news of the lower age limit comes along with a brand new way to audition for the show: via WhatsApp. Budding performers are being asked to start chats with The X Factor team and upload videos of them singing - You can get the details here.

Alternatively, you can audition online by simply uploading a video via the official X Factor applications website at application.xfactor.tv.

The deadline for online X Factor 2017 applications is currently set for 1 July 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

So when does The X Factor 2017 start?

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The exact launch is yet to be confirmed and won't be for a good while yet.

But assuming there are no big surprises planned, we can expect it to be on TV from around September time if not slightly earlier in August.

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