The “X Factor” on Fox may have been canceled, but the franchise is returning to the States, as the U.K. version is coming to America via AXS TV.
The cable channel has signed an agreement with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment, bringing the British version of the singing competition to the U.S. for the first time ever. Each of Season 11’s 34 episodes will air in America 24 hours after they run overseas.
Simon Cowell‘s “X Factor UK” is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK).
This season, Cowell makes his return to the judging panel for the first time in three years. Additionally, former Spice Girl and “America’s Got Talent” personality 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 U.K. pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who is also returning for the first time in three years, and music manager Louis Walsh, making his 11th consecutive appearance since 2004.
Award-winning broadcaster and host Dermot O’Leary will emcee the show, while also providing support to the aspiring stars.
“‘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 channel 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.”
On Sundays, “X Factor UK” will air at 8 p.m. ET, beginning on Aug. 31. The Monday episodes kick off the following night, also at 8.
Below, AXS TV newsman Dan Rather and Cowell discuss the importance of the UK’s “X Factor” coming to America. Beneath that is AXS TV’s “X Factor UK” promo.
The full Rather-Cowell interview airs on Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV’s “The Big Interview.”
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