X Factor 2017 will be a 'very different show' with planned changes

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The X Factor 2017 will be a 'very different show' if planned changes go ahead.

Show boss Simon Cowell has revealed he hopes to add "more jeopardy" to the live shows when they begin later this year.

He told The Sun newspaper: “I haven’t even presented it to ITV yet. I think they’ll do it and I think it’s going to be a very different show.”

According to reports, the plan is for the number of live shows to be cut to six weeks 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.

X Factor 2017 judges
X Factor 2017 judges

"Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed," a source told The Sun. “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 will include introducing a live studio audience at bootcamp but the six chair challenge remains.

The brutal stage of the competition filmed last month and proved as controversial as ever.

When it came to Nicole Scherzinger's turn in the hot seat, things got rather tense, The Sun reports.

"Nicole left the set upset as the situation was so intense and it all got too much for her," a source claimed. “It was a long and stressful day and it wasn’t helped by the fact the crowd were not on Nicole’s side for some of her choices."

The insider explained: “Before filming had commenced, the audience were encouraged by the show’s production staff to be vocal about what they thought of her choices.

“They took this on board and were very loud, but unfortunately for Nicole at times it did mean a deafening shower of boos and jeers.”

Simon admitted: “She made quite a point of showing that she wasn’t happy. Slightly over-dramatic by putting the jacket over her head, but she made her point.

“When you’re stuck with a category you don’t believe in, it’s ­misery.”

The X Factor typically launches at the end of August on ITV.

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