Seven to launch The X Factor

The Seven Network has confirmed The X Factor for 2010 with Kyle Sandilands, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating as judges and mentors.

There is no age limit on contestants with both solo and groups divided into four categories: Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and Groups.

The winner will land a contract with Sony Music Australia.

The series is to be produced by FremantleMedia Australia who produced Australia’s first version of the Simon Cowell-created format for TEN in 2005, hosted by Daniel MacPherson.

Seven had previously denied it was set to air the show and commented that the rights being shopped around were too high. But with the success of Australia’s Got Talent and absence of Australian Idol it has locked onto the new show.

Seven CEO David Leckie said today: “It’s a bloody great show. What an incredible line-up of judges.”

FremantleMedia Australia’s CEO Ian Hogg added: “We are delighted to be working with Seven and Sony Music on this phenomenally successful format. Our creative team are determined to make this show something very special, a program that will resonate deeply with Australian audiences. Sony will launch the career of our series winner so you can be sure that X Factor contestants will soon dominate the airwaves.”

A host is yet to be announced.

Auditions will begin this month:

Sunday May 30 and Monday May 31

Wednesday June 2

Saturday June 5, Sunday June 6 and Monday June 7

Saturday June 12, Sunday June 13 and Monday June 14

Saturday June 19 and Sunday June 20

Full audition details are available at


  1. Vivian Lucero

    Oppppppps what else can you say Matt Newton hosting the X Factor show.WOW another good looking person to watch on TV………………….

  2. Vivian Lucero

    In behalf of Filipino Australia of the Hunter Valley, we can’t wait to watch the X Factor show. It will be interesting to watch another talent show in Australia, were Guy Sebastian,Ronan Keating,Natalie and Kyle will be judging……………………………

  3. they have been flogging it that much, it’s embarassing. they are trying to entice prospects to the fact kyle will be teaching them something. gawd that will be a winner won’t it. those people should just ignor everything he says

  4. Noooo Make it stop! We were rid of Idol for goodness sake we don’t need this rubbish back. Having said that Seven does incredible business with the Talent show so this will probably rate through the roof.

  5. @Jerome, just saw. Strangely they advertised it very late at night (well, it was when I saw it). Seems odd that they’d potentially run two reality TV shows at the same time.

  6. X-Factor is huge in the UK. Can’t wait to see it’s return but what’s with the June 1st age cutoff date??? It’s adverftised as a singing competition for “’16 to 25 year olds”. My daughter turns 16 in the 1st week of June and will be 16 at the time of audition but will not be eligible because of the June 1st cutoff. It just doesn’t make sense. With auditions through until June 20th, the cutoff date should be at least until then or just make it June 30th like Idol.

  7. @ John

    The format has to be 4 judges. Its how it works and its very successful to do so.

    I cant wait. I say bring it on. Sure there is Kyle and i think he is the weak link but i have been waiting for one of the big networks to pick this show up again and its happening. This show is going to be huge. You look at the old show on TEN and it just wasnt done right. The wrong people were judging. The host was the only talent on it last time.

    This time around we have Ronan and Nat who are just awesome artists in their own right and then Guy who knows what it takes to win a contest like this. Then there is Kyle. I think he is the shows weak link but he is there and i guess i will have to get used to that.

  8. If it is done with a new face hosting,not Daniel,not Grant then i will watch.
    If it is done with 3 judges,not 4 (Kyle) then i will watch.

    Looks like i won’t be watching.

  9. I think it will be awesum! Ronan Keating is super talented he has been my idol since I was 8!! Kyle is just grabbing for anything to get himself accepted and like again… (not sure how that’s working) and Guy is pretty talented too ..Not sure why they wanted Natalie tho… like someone else mentioned above “her last album”…lol Does anyone know how u would go about getting into the audience? I’ve been to the official website but it doesn’t say..

  10. Here we go again, just when I thought it was safe on the airwaves,Xfactor takes over from Idol. Kyle just wants to “be” Simon Cowell something he will never even come close to.. Simon is the creator of these shows, Kyle’s just a wannabe. How on earth will he mentor anyone. The less I say about Sebastian the better, don’t want to offend anyone. Natalie Imbruglia’s star faded years ago, the best of the group is Ronan Keating, but even the press release and ensuing articles, have him as ex “Westlife” member …”insert Brian McFadden’s name”, they must have forgotten to change the copy. so I’m guessing Ronan was second choice. Everyone knows Keatings boyband was Boyzone…and it was McFadden in Westlife, how embarrassing.
    I could think of many more suitable Judges if it has to be. Hopefully they won’t overexpose DMac, and have him hosting. Channel 7 has a tendancy to do that (insert Grant Denyer).

  11. i think they should try to get hamish and andy to host (just like Ant and Dec). they would add an element of fun and pull a young audience. what is there contract with ten? i know they have signed on for four specials but they aren’t network personalities are they?

  12. I wonder if Seven is re-doing versions of TEN’s other failed reality shows. I for one would love to see a Seven-ised version of Rene’s/Yasmin’s (Not) Getting Married. LMAO

  13. Just a continuation from another franchise from overseas or should that be product from overseas, very cheap television.

    What we haven’t seen is these type of shows migrating or immigrating from Pay TV.

  14. I think that Natalie Imbruglia, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian are much bigger stars to the younger demographics than Marcia, Dicko and Mark Holden were when Australian Idol. I may be in the minority but I am looking forward to it.

  15. I don’t think any of the judges (with the exception of Kyle) are big enough stars for the show.

    Also, Seven doesn’t really have anyone that could host the show properly.

  16. @Mikeys yeah they should bring back the best reality show of all time BB and no i am not joking i do want it back maybe 10 should put it on later in the year after TBL and MC

  17. So one judge from AGT is a judge on the new X Factor? This a totally different show.

    However, the thing is, X factor works in the UK due to the talent pool and also, you have to remember, in the UK they no longer have idol. It’s just BGT and X Factor.

    It’s a bit rich of the network to have a judge on both shows with two different concepts (ideally)

  18. Hmm…Irish guy, washed up soap-star-turned-pop-star and Kyle Sandilands…Where have I seen that before? I mean, I know Seven isn’t the most original of networks but come on.

  19. Awesome news! This will fill the void left by Idol…. but please dear God do Not let Dan Macpherson host again… Couldn’t stand him the first time.

  20. Seriously we need a X-Factor type show for new hosts. How many times can we put up with Kyle and co. Surely there is other talent in Australia to be involved in these type of variety programs.

  21. No… seriously… how is this Any different from Idol, Talent, Dancing or hell, any talent show, this is just Seven’s way of raising revenue through SMS messaging…. cmon seven… give us a scripted show god damn it!

  22. Seven seemed to to have had trouble with the younger audience this year, so this should prove successful for Seven when it comes to key demos.

  23. googly eyes

    Will Dan MacPherson be silly enough to host it again? And I agree the show has evolved since its UK introduction all those years ago. There is so much more pizazz and production values have gone through the roof, with each performance accompanied by dancers and backup singers and choirs and whatnot (watch any of non-singers Jedward’s performances from the last UK season and you can see what I mean). It’s like a concert these days. Rarely do you get the singer just standing there and singing the song like on Idol.

  24. It is Guy Sebastian that stops me from watching it … I could never stand him … the rest I would love to watch!
    For me, Sebastian is in the same group as Eddie Maguire, Andrew O’Keefe, Dave Hughes, and Peter Hellier … they revolt me! I cannot stand to watch or listen to them!

  25. Wowee, great news. I was disappointed when i read here last week that 7 had said no.

    I think all 4 judges will be great, Ronan already helps Louis out on The X Factor UK so he knows what its all about. Guy has been there first hand, Natalie has been in the business for ages and Kyle tells it like it is and has experience and connections.

    All those people that dislike Kyle are rubbish him must be in the minority as it was Idols worse year including in the rating, he is now with AGT and its the best year they have ever had. So he must be doing something right.

    I wonder who will be the host? I did think Daniel was great, however it could lead to over exposure with him on DWTS and Beat the Star latter this year. I hope its not Grant. Will they also launch The Xtra Factor on 72? Would they try for the Saturday time slot? Which is where The X Factor airs in the UK with the results on Sunday.

  26. I liked the first series, was annoyed when Vince was booted. This show is better than Idol by a long shot – I’ll probably tune in.

  27. Just what we need another show for people who fail at auditions to get their 15 minutes of fame by running to the media bleating that that moron Kyle Sandilands made fun of them.

  28. i am so over the moon! natalie imbruglia! this is gunna go well in the ratings as long as they do it properly and There’s no Daniel MacPherson!! No no no! Get a female judge!!! ruby rose!

  29. A very good move by Seven and a surprisingly strong judging panel too – hate him or loathe him, Kyle is an excellent signing.

    Wonder if they’ll try their own version of The Xtra Factor for 7Two?

  30. so it is happening!! very impressive judging panel most people should know who all of them are. i remember when idol launched everyone under the age of 40 didn’t know who those people were. i think 7 are onto a winner

    7 are fast becoming the reality show leaders. judging from the amount of on air contestant calls in the last few days M<R2 and beauty and the geek will be in production soon. and that will be on top of X factor, DWTS and Australia's got talent.

    good to see fremantle getting another reality show to produce, their palette was losing some ground now that idol is gone, biggest loser and junior masterchef went to shine, and it looks like only 1 season of farmer want;s a wife this year and the apprentice isn't locked in.

  31. can’t wait, love this franchise. it would be a travesty if Australia missed out what is turning out to be a television worldwide phenomenon just because it didn’t work on another network after they did a half arsesed job 5 years ago. i really like that judging panel, shame they couldn’t get perter andre or darryn hayse.

    why all the hate? what would someone want a show to fail? i say good on 7 in taking what i assume is an expensive risk and don’t worry about negative feedback, people have never said anything nice about any shows announcement even the ones that turn out to be huge hits.

    anyone that doesn’t know much about it, do some research and see how big it has been in countries that have recently picked it up and how many countries are creating versions for 2010/11. it’s the show of the decade i tell you.

  32. x-factor uk is working, because they have a greater talent pool. we don’t and this will fail. don’t try and compare the 2

    i love how leckie said this is a bloody great show. i wonder if that’s the samething he said about cougar town

  33. Pretty ironic that, despite Kyle being dropped from idol judging last year, this year he retains his judging role while idol gets dropped (rested as ten are calling it).

  34. John Jackson

    Wow.. sounds great. Although I wonder how it will compare to the original series on 10?

    Furthermore, Daniel McPherson is now with 7! Maybe he can host again?

  35. Whats with the hate comments…. It’s been 5 years since this was trialled, on another Network with Kate Cebrano and Mark Holden.
    That is one massive judging panel, I for one cant wait to see them mentor new coming talent.

  36. The judges sound really good….except Kyle. The other 3 are all performers, so if they want someone with a different background, perhaps they should try to get someone who really is a part of the music industry. When he was on Idol all he ever really commented on was what the contestants wore. The concept isnt too bad, so hopefully it will be better than the first version…if any Australian network was going to attempt to bring it back, this was the time to do so, after the success of AGT and in the absence of Idol, but who knows what will happen??

  37. I wonder if this version of the X Factor will be as lop-sided as the last Australian version.

    I remember how some contestants were given over-the-top support from the show including back-up dancers and major publicity (such as “Random”) while others were left to fend for themselves with little or nothing (such as “Kaya”)

    Hopefully this version will have a more even playing field. But I predict the show will fail, as Kyle sucks :(

  38. It was horrible the first time round, so im wary of how this new version will turn out. But the judging panel is quite strong, Ronan Keating is quite a get for Seven.

  39. This happened really fast, i was surprised after reading here last week that seven said they wernt intrested!
    just saw the ad on tv, and straight away ran to my laptop to read this article that i knew whould be here! david’s always on the ball!
    so should be intresting to see what they do with it, and who will host. judges seem to be a good mix, guess seven wanna make kyle work after saving his television career! will this air this year?
    with dwts on sunday and packed to the rafters on tuesday, im guessing this will either be a wed or mon program, depending on where city homicide goes. thurs will have beauty and the geek, which i also saw a casting call commerical for tonight

  40. Blah. Sounds very rushed too, said no, all of a sudden yes, auditions beginning this month, and to air this year. Very rushed. Not interested. Haven’t watched a single minute of AGT either since they signed Brian and Kyle.

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