AXS TV becomes official U.S. broadcast home for “The X Factor UK”

If you’re an American who misses Simon Cowell and his show The X Factor, the American version of which was canceled by FOX last year, you’ll have your chance to enjoy the original incarnation of the singing competition series when the new season of The X Factor UK begins airing on AXS TV starting Aug. 31. This marks the first time that the flagship version of the show will air in the United States.


Season 11 of The X Factor UK will feature a pair of famous faces that will be instantly recognizable to American audiences, as Simon Cowell makes his much anticipated return to the panel for the first time in three years. Additionally, former Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent fan-favorite Mel B will make her first appearance as a full-time judge, after previously serving as a guest on the series. Joining the duo is UK pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who is also returning for the first time in three years, and esteemed music manager Louis Walsh, making his 11th consecutive appearance since 2004. Award-winning broadcaster and host, Dermot O’Leary, hosts the festivities.

The X Factor UK contestants compete in two sets of audition rounds, taking place across the UK in Manchester, London, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. In the initial closed room auditions, contestants will find themselves face-to-face with the judges for the first time. If they impress the panel and receive three or more “yes” votes, they will move on to perform in a packed arena in front of a live audience. AXS TV will air all 34 episodes of the series, beginning with the opening audition shows, in addition to special boot camp installments and live broadcasts.

The X Factor UK is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge – I’m confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly. I’m proud that AXS TV has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this popular music franchise to showcase talented vocalists.”

The X Factor UK premieres on AXS TV Aug. 31 at 8pm ET, with a same night re-air.


  1. I want the American version of The X Factor back.
    And let’s have a American versions of other game shows from around the world.
    Like Tipping Point, Tipping Point Lucky Stars, Spin Star, Ejector Seat, The Vault, Big Star’s Little Star, Gift Wrapped, The 21st Question, Millionaire Hot Seat, Million Dollar Minute, A Question of Sport,
    Draw It!, BrainTeaser, Catchword, Chain Letters, Memory Bank, Wordplay, Countdown, Golden Balls, Mr. and Mrs.
    and All Star Mr & Mrs.
    I’ve read them on Wikipedia.

  2. OK, Here’s the deal.
    To Fox,
    Keep American Idol on the air until 2017.
    To NBC,
    Keep America’s Got Talent on the air until 2021 and keep The Voice on the air until 2026.
    Get Game Show Network to bring Deal or No Deal back for a seventh season and keep it on the air for nine more seasons.
    Get GSN or Syndication to bring Celebrity Family Feud back for a second season and keep it on the air for 12 more seasons.
    USA Network or E! or TNT or MTV or The CW or AXS TV should bring The X Factor back for a fourth season by 2016 and keep it on the air until 2032.

  3. I agree with you, Davey.
    Bring Back The X Factor USA
    Bring Back Celebrity Family Feud
    Bring Back Take Me Out
    Bring Back Deal or No Deal
    Bring Back Fun House
    Bring Back I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
    Bring Back America’s Most Wanted
    Bring Back The Dating Game
    Bring Back Catchphrase
    Bring Back Strike It Rich
    Bring Back The Jeremy Kyle Show
    Bring Back College Bowl
    Bring Back The Real Housewives of D.C.
    Bring Back American Gladiators
    Bring Back The Weakest Link
    Bring Back Beauty and the Geek
    Bring Back MADtv
    Bring Back Forensic Files
    Bring Back Unsolved Mysteries
    Bring Back Hollywood Squares
    Bring Back Live to Dance
    Bring Back Soul Train
    Bring Back American Bandstand
    Bring Back Skating with Celebrities
    Bring Back Skating with the Stars
    Bring Back Gameshow Marathon
    Bring Back Beat the Clock
    Bring Back Minute to Win It
    Bring Back Wanna Bet?
    Bring Back Press Your Luck
    Bring Back What’s My Line?
    Bring Back Card Sharks
    Bring Back Supermarket Sweep
    Bring Back Battle Dome
    Bring Back American Wrestling Association
    Bring Back World Championship Wrestling
    Bring Back Extreme Championship Wrestling
    Bring Back XFL
    Bring Back Top of the Pops

    • Bring Back The Trisha Goddard Show
      Bring Back The Ricki Lake Show
      Bring Back Primeval: New World
      Bring Back The Tomorrow People
      Bring Back The Carrie Diaries
      Bring Back Star-Crossed
      Bring Back No Ordinary Family
      Bring Back Chasing the Saturdays
      Bring Back Hello Ross

  4. That’s good news! I’ll be looking forward to watch The X Factor UK.
    What about The X Factor Australia?
    I just hope AXS TV will have plans to bring The X Factor USA back for a fourth season next year. They just need to get rid of the four chair challenge and bring back the boot camp and bring back the judges’ houses. What season four needs is a charity single.

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