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.