X Factor UK will Air In America For the First Time on AXS!

Deadline is reporting that the UK version of Simon Cowell’s X Factor will be broadcast for the first time in the US via AXS TV!

Turns out, the reality TV judge we most love to hate and his singing competition franchise will be back on our fall TV schedule — just not on Fox. AXS TV said this morning it had signed a deal with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment to air the flagship UK version The X Factor starring Simon Cowell in this country for the first time. Season 11 of the show will debut on AXS TV on Sunday, August 21, and the network will air all 34 episodes of the series, as well as special boot camp installments and live broadcasts, on Sundays and Mondays — 24 hours after their respective UK broadcasts. The X Factor UK is co-produced by Cowell’s Syco and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK).

ETA: There’s a typo in the article. It will debut on Sunday August 31.

The broadcast will be delayed by 24 hours, which doesn’t affect our coverage at all. Mateja will continue to blog the UK broadcasts as they happen on the weekends.

If you don’t want to wait until Sunday and Monday to watch the US broadcasts, there are various ways to watch it live on ITV via internet streams.

In the wake of the cancellation of the US version of X Factor, Simon Cowell will be returning to the panel, as will Cheryl Cole (she was fired from the US version after the first audition city in season 1). Mel B, who is currently judging America’s Got Talent will also sit on the panel. And, Louis Walsh will take his usual place at the table.

Via Deadline

  • Kimmy Moores

    Oh, I like this decision.
    I used to wait on youtube for each video to be uploaded each night of the show.

  • Amy Beth

    What is AXS TV? Is it a cable channel? I’ve never seen it during my remote journeys!

  • Eric Ascher

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!
    EDIT: Yeah, I was really happy at first. But my school doesn’t carry AXS TV, and therefore I’ll still be watching it the hard way like last year.

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    It’s a cable channel. If you have an extended cable subscription, you can probably tune in.

  • Amy Beth

    I don’t think my provider carries it. I’ve never seen it on the channel guide and I’ve been bored enough to read the whole thing!

  • Sassycatz

    It’s not provided by every cable company in every area. It’s definitely not on Comcast’s line-up in the D.C. area.

  • Lastwaltz

    Too bad! You’re all missing out. They broadcast great concerts and documentaries. Love AXS TV.

  • Amy Beth

    Interestingly, it IS available on Comcast in my town (suburban Boston) , but it’s not on my cable company’s line up.

  • Sassycatz

    I’m pretty sure that if they had it, it would be on their premium HD line-up, to which I do not subscribe. All of it is just too freakin’ expensive.

  • 50Watts

    Aug 21 is a Thursday…..

  • Nedsdag

    I don’t have AXS TV. I guess it’s back to computer streaming for me.

  • bostonred

    Shame we dont have an agreement with Australian X Factor. Most cut at judges homes would have won any of the US versions, i.e. the talent is crazy good, the judges. outside of Redfoo, do a good job and this year kept the sob stories to a bare minimum.

  • Kathleen Moore

    That awkward moment when you’re sure you don’t have the channel. Then you check, and yes you do. :D. Glad I found out now, rather than right before the finale.

    BTW, if Wikipedia is to believed, Ryan Seacrest is part owner of AXS.

  • Mateja Praznik

    The season starts on Saturday, August 30th. In the US, the first episode airs a day later, August 31st – Sunday.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Pass.

  • Jason Gorny

    I agree. I prefer XF AUS out of all English speaking XF versions. Apparently, the rating aren’t too good because it’s on earlier in the summer. Usually it starts late August but started in early July while the voice australia is on.

  • CaptainP

    I noticed that too. I wonder if a personal relationship between Seacrest and Cowell is to credit for this?

  • mason williams

    methinks this is a way to test the waters for a x factor revival here in the states

  • Karen C

    COuld be, maybe even on a different network.

  • bostonred

    I felt X Factor New Zealand captured the spirit of what the show should be. The judges were brutally honest throughout the competition and I mean brutally, but they also offered intelligent insight that helped the artists get better. A template of how the show should be, a serious effort to produce a star without all the b.s. backdrops and almost totally void of sob stories that clutter most.