Seven to launch The X Factor

By David Knox on May 14, 2010 / Filed Under News 71

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. mary October 11, 2011 at 11:08 am -

    hello people how are you today good well thats good

  2. jess November 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm -

    hello pelpole do you like the xfactoor tonigh who will win thank you

  3. Rhonda November 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm -

    go Altyan childs you are an awesome singer you deserve to win …

  4. Michelle October 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm -

    When are they going to melboure?

  5. Macieeex July 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm -

    whens the melbourne tv show going to be on ??

  6. Vivian Lucero June 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm -

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

  7. Vivian Lucero June 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm -

    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……………………………

  8. damo May 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm -

    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

  9. Jason May 18, 2010 at 11:59 am -

    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.

  10. Matt May 18, 2010 at 1:26 am -

    @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.

  11. Morris May 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm -

    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.

  12. Jerome May 16, 2010 at 9:41 am -

    @Matt, beauty and the geek is running promos at the moment.

  13. Guy May 16, 2010 at 9:37 am -

    @ 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.

  14. John May 16, 2010 at 2:56 am -

    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.

  15. irish sash May 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm -

    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..

  16. Matt May 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm -

    Ah!!! So That’s why Seven didn’t go through with the advertised Season 2 of Beauty And The Geek!!

  17. Elbee May 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm -

    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).

  18. TomK May 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm -

    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?

  19. Tepee May 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm -

    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

  20. Belinda May 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm -

    Sounds good, except for Kyle. Hopefully none of the Sunrise morons are involved.

  21. Andrew May 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm -

    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.

  22. eyes May 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm -

    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.

  23. Trent May 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm -

    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.

  24. DAN May 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm -

    @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

  25. Tony May 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm -

    A few whispers that Andrew G will be hosting…

  26. michael*oz May 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm -

    So Natalies’ last album did really well, then…….

  27. Brett May 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm -

    @nic: Simon Cowell is a judge on both BGT and The X Factor, i admit that yes he owns both formats, but it works fine.

  28. Anthony May 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm -

    Sounds very promising. Love the the idea of Ronan and Natalie on the panel.

    But Please get rid of Sebastian.

  29. mikeys May 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm -

    Create and revive as many of these “make me a super star” style shows as you like, but someone *please please please* bring back Big Brother.

  30. nic May 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm -

    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)

  31. Chris May 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm -

    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.

  32. Todd May 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm -

    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.

  33. johnjet May 15, 2010 at 11:56 am -

    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.

  34. aznfratboy May 15, 2010 at 11:49 am -

    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!

  35. vrom May 15, 2010 at 11:44 am -

    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.

  36. googly eyes May 15, 2010 at 11:05 am -

    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.

  37. Jack! May 15, 2010 at 10:34 am -

    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!

  38. Brett May 15, 2010 at 10:22 am -

    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.

  39. RichoTB May 15, 2010 at 10:20 am -

    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.

  40. Tim May 15, 2010 at 9:42 am -

    Gretel would be a great host
    she really can do live shows well and captures the excitment that the 1st series was missing

  41. Spud May 15, 2010 at 9:38 am -


  42. Ruddeger May 15, 2010 at 9:07 am -

    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.

  43. steven guy May 15, 2010 at 8:58 am -

    More kids trying to get their 15 minutes of fame when they haven’t even learnt to walk or talk.

  44. bobby May 15, 2010 at 8:31 am -

    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!

  45. Leon May 15, 2010 at 8:08 am -

    Another nail in Australian Idol’s Coffin.. ..and another show that Ch10’s lost to Ch7!

  46. Brekkie May 15, 2010 at 6:12 am -

    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?

  47. sameer May 15, 2010 at 4:47 am -

    very good judging panel, surprised they got ronan keating. it seems seven wants the judging panels to be younger.

  48. Bella May 15, 2010 at 1:31 am -

    Saw the ads for Perth audtions today. Any mention of Kyle puts me off watching it.

  49. Jerome May 15, 2010 at 1:22 am -

    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.

  50. Fella May 15, 2010 at 12:09 am -

    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.

  51. damo May 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm -

    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

  52. Gina May 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm -

    Haha Seven sucks. Hope this fails big time.

    Seven seriously doesn’t have a clue. Remember Popstars:Live

  53. Paull May 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm -

    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).

  54. John Jackson May 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm -

    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?

  55. Louise May 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm -

    desperation creeping in for seven!

  56. Ronnie May 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm -

    I was wondering when Seven was going to wake up and do something in 2010.
    Still waiting. Yawn. Daniel McPherson. Yawn.

  57. James May 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm -

    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.

  58. ben May 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm -

    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??

  59. philm May 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm -

    the UK version has matured a lot since 2005 so i have high hopes for this. good mix of judges as well i think.

  60. slydoggie May 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm -

    find a new genre Seven!

  61. GuanoLad May 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm -

    Kyle Sandilands again? I thought audiences hated him, how does he get so much TV?

  62. Mac May 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm -

    How is this any different from Australia’s Got Attention Deficit Disorder?

  63. Daniel May 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm -

    Great to hear :) Can’t wait!

  64. damo May 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm -

    i wouldn’t trust 7 as far as i could throw them. hey david

  65. David May 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm -

    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 :(

  66. Andrew May 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm -

    originality still the order of the day at Channel Seven :)

  67. damo May 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm -

    um how did the last one go. is daniel going to host this rubbish as well. more bogan freakshow on 7

  68. Ja'mie May 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm -

    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.

  69. Peter May 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm -

    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

  70. Steve May 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm -

    Boring!!! anything with Kyle = crap

  71. JB May 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm -

    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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