SIMON Cowell is making headlines as his spin-off series, titled Celebrity X Factor, is expected to arrive on our TV screens very soon.
But what exactly has he revealed about Celebrity X Factor during his exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre column? Here’s everything you need to know…
Who will be in the line-up?
We’re still waiting for an official announcement from ITV concerning this year’s Celebrity X Factor line-up.
However, the rumours are at an all-time high, with many reports citing credible sources as to who they believe will be starring in the series.
See below for all of the rumoured stars:
Gemma Collins and James Argent
Gemma Collins and her beau James Argent could be set for a public showdown as they battle to see who is the best singer on the celebrity version of The X Factor.
The Essex power couple have caught the eye of producers and bosses are apparently desperate to sign the pair up to compete against one another later this year.
A TV insider said told the Daily Star: “Talks are ongoing and nothing has been agreed just yet, but execs think there’s a good chance they’ll get them to sign up.”
And as it’s no secret the couple have a fiery on-off relationship, producers think it could make for unmissable viewing.
The larger than life duo both love to sing with James, 31, regularly singing at gigs up and down the country and in Europe.
Leona originally competed on the third series of The X Factor back in 2006, with her stunning vocal abilities going on to win her the competition.
She won a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco music.
Her winning single was a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This, which peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK singles chart.
Since then, she has released several albums, with her first, Spirit, coming out in 2007 and going 10x platinum in the UK.
It also became the fourth best selling album of the 2000s.
After being crowned The X Factor winner in 2008, Alexandra released hit singles Bad Boys, Broken Heels and The Silence from her two albums, as well as acted as a model and ambassador for huge brands.
She quickly changed tack by taking acting classes, and after departing her label in 2013, she turned her attention fully to stage performing.
The singer took huge roles in The Bodyguard and, last year, Sister Act The Musical.
Shayne first rose to prominence as the winner of The X Factor in 2005, and earned his first number one that year with debut single That’s My Goal.
Since then he has released an incredible four albums – a self-titled debut which went to No1 in the UK charts; Breathless, which hit number 2 in 2007; Obsession in 2010, which only reached No15; and Closer, which he released in 2015 independently after he was dropped by his record label.
It peaked at No17 in the UK charts.
As well as his music career, Shayne later went on to take the role of Staycee Jaxx in the 80s musical Rock of Ages on the West End, and stayed with the show from 2011 to 2012.
Coronation Street is his only television role to date, though he has since said that he does intend to return to music.
After winning X Factor in 2012, James was sensationally dropped from Simon’s Syco record label two years later after becoming embroiled in a string of controversies.
James sold millions of records during his first stint at Syco but his dream had been shattered with the news.
The star was performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend when he revealed that he would like to be involved in the celeb version of the hit talent show.
He told the Mirror Online: “I’d love to get involved but I wouldn’t want to be a contestant.
“I’m still signed to a record label so I don’t think it would be right for me to take part in that way, but I’d definitely be up for helping out in some way.”
He later admitted that if Simon wanted “a really honest judge” he would be more than happy to do it.
Fleur literally made history when she became the first of The X Factor’s singers to reach number 1 on the iTunes chart while still performing on the competition.
In 2012, she launched a solo carer with the record label Strictly Rhythm and nailed collaborations with DJ Fresh and Bassline Smith.
Among her many covers, the Walthamstow native performed the chart-topping remake of single “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, and gained a cult following from her talent.
In 2017 she released her album Love Sax and but sadly she was dropped from her label in that same year.
Following her time on I’M A Celeb in 2018, Simon reportedly made the singing bombshell an offer that would see her join the All-Stars line-up – but an official word from ITV is yet to be made.
Stevi auditioned for X Factor in 2014.
He sang ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ by Olly Murs.
He initially didn’t make it through to live shows, but Cheryl chose him to be the Over 25s wildcard.
Stevi made it through to week 7, when he was eliminated over Andrea Faustini.
Jedward were described by Simon Cowell as “not very good and incredibly annoying” when auditioned for The X Factor in 2009.
But thanks mainly to Irish guest judge Louis Walsh, the boys made it through to the final 12 contestants and the live shows, much to many viewers’ dismay.
They managed to come sixth and were immediately taken on by Walsh, before releasing their debut single, a mash-up of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury’s Under pressure and Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby.
A very successful tour of Ireland followed plus an ITV2 documentary called Jedward: Let Loose.
The crooner was selected as Louis Walsh’s wild card during The X Factor 2010, and his on-stage performances quickly became the stuff of X Factor legend.
As if his storming rendition of Ricky Martin’s She Bangs wasn’t enough, he also sent the audience into a spin when he took on Radiohead’s Creep and Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love.
He takes orders for custom made videos, and all you need to do is drop him a message.
They don’t break the bank either. If you want him to wish a pal Happy Birthday for you, it’ll set you back £8.50.
Honey G rose to prominence on the thirteenth series of The X Factor in 2016 starring as one of the Over 25s and mentored by Sharon Osbourne.
After auditioning (she sang Work It by Missy Elliott in her first audition) Honey was given the boot from the show during the six-chair challenge – however she was brought back for Judges’ Houses when contestant Ivy-Grace Parades was unable to travel to Los Angeles due to visa issues.
Honey was voted off the show in week 9 – but returned to perform in the live final the following week and sparked controversy when she revealed she had already been signed by Simon Cowell to his Syco record label and would be releasing her debut single, The Honey G Show, soon after.
Despite being signed to Syco in December 2016, Honey was dropped by the record label by April 2017.
When does Celebrity X Factor start?
We don’t have an exact start date for the revamped X Factor series just yet.
However, we do know that it will kick off this year featuring an all-star line-up of previous winners.
As for why he’s chosen to take a brand new path with X Factor this year, Simon told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “I want to clear up any myths – because I’ve got some exciting news.
“I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity.
“The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year.
“I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.”
He added: “I’m waiting for confirmation this week on some dates and clarification on the second show, but all we’re trying to do is upgrade and glamorise the show.
Who will be judging the contestants?
It is likely that we won’t have a clue who will take the X Factor stage – or the panel – until a few weeks prior to the series commencing.
We’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
“I’m hoping we’re going to do this soon. I’d like to mentor David Walliams!”
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What will the format be?
Simon Cowell explained that he will be revamping the format of the show by having celebrities battle it out in the stage.
Yes, you heard that right! There won’t be any amateurs trying to prove they’ve got the X Factor any more.
Although this isn’t the first time the show has seen famous faces competing.
Back in 2006, ITV1 aired The X Factor: Battle of the Stars presented by Kate Thornton.