X Factor 2017 contestants 'encouraged to perform original songs'

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The X Factor 2017 will 'encourage' contestants to sing their own music, it's been said.

As part of some major changes to this year's series, the show will invite songwriters to perform her own original material.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Simon knows he can’t change the format too much but one thing he and the contestants can change is what’s sung.

“If there’s lots of new material it could attract a new audience."

They added: “Original songs by young per­­formers have generally been well received on Britain’s Got Tal­­­ent too, so it seems a risk worth taking.”

But will it be enough to win back viewers?

Just in case it isn't, a load more changes are also said to be in the works as part of a major revamp.

The biggest change will see the typical ten weeks of live shows cut to six, but with acts performing and leaving on both the Saturday and Sunday night each weekend.

Both nights will also see guest artists perform in a bid to attract back viewers following one of the least watched series in 2016.

"Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed," a source told The Sun this week. “The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring.

“ITV believes transforming it is the right decision. It means all singers will perform on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with acts being eliminated both nights."

Further changes are rumoured to include introducing a live studio audience although its understood the controversial six chair challenge will remain.

The X Factor is expected to launch at the start of September on ITV.

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