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This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Dermot O'Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell. Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

X Factor judges prepare for upcoming series in new photo shoot

It’s that time of year again as Summer is about to end and the countdown to Christmas begins. Of course, The X Factor’s back!

Described as the ‘dream team’ – this year’s panel includes; Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

To coincide with the show’s upcoming return, they’ve released a bunch of promotional photos as the judges glam up for the cameras.

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Dermot O'Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell. Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

Asked about how she feels of her return, Sharon answered: “It feels really right to be back at this time, it feels good. Simon said he wanted the show to be back to the way it was, small audition rooms, he wanted everyone to have fun.”

“Listen, we’re all competitive with one another because we all want to win, nobody wants to sit there the last few weeks with no one in your category, but at the same time, we’re not so badly competitive. We want to take it seriously but at the same time enjoy what we’re doing and have fun on camera and off air too.”

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Sharon Osbourne. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

Nicole also expressed her delight of returning, saying: “It feels like home sweet home, I’ve missed the UK and obviously me, Sharon and Louis were together on our last season.”

“I haven’t been on a show with Simon in a few years and he’s really awesome, he’s not as scary as I remember! It’s a great feeling on the panel, a really natural, family, homey vibe, nothing is forced and there’s a lot of positive, fun energy.”

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Nicole Scherzinger. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Nicole Scherzinger. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

Louis Walsh, who was axed from the show back in 2015, insisted there’s no bad blood between the judges: “Honestly, we all get on so well, but we all have opinions and we all bring different things to the show.”

He also made a funny dig at fellow judge Simon, joking: “Simon is very relaxed and he’s very funny this year. And he’s looking younger this year, have you noticed? What has he done? Something’s happened? Maybe it’s the lighting.”

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Louis Walsh. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

Show creator and music manager, Simon Cowell also discussed his and Louis’s special friendship, saying: “Me and Louis have a relationship that goes back a long way. Louis’ naughty, the auditions are long days but he makes it much more fun.”

He added: “I was actually thinking that about all of them actually, it’s like a little reunion, they are all on great form. Me and Sharon are a bit like Tom and Jerry, but we love each other secretly, and Nicole is slightly nuts, I love that. Then there’s Dermot, I missed him so much.”

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Simon Cowell. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

Another fan favourite returning to the show is past host, Dermot O’Leary who revealed his ‘excitement’ over this year’s judging panel.

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Dermot O'Leary. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

This image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday 23rd August 2016 From Thames / Syco Entertainment The X Factor on ITV Pictured: Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell. This photograph is (C) Thames / Syco Entertainment and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com For further information please contact: shane.chapman@itv.com 020 7157 3043

You can also watch some behind the scenes footage of the glamorous photoshoot below:

 

The X Factor returns Saturday and Sunday 8pm on ITV.

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Written by CelebMix