X Factor changes for Cheryl's return
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 July 2010
'The X Factor' is set to allow more contestants through from Bootcamp to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition, to help Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue choose their group finalists
'The X Factor' is putting more contestants through from Bootcamp - to help Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue choose their finalists.
Because the two judges have missed a large part of the audition process for the upcoming series of the reality show, bosses have decided to put 32 contestants through to the Judges' Houses stages of the competition, instead of the usual 24.
Whilst Dannii has been on maternity leave and Cheryl has been recovering from malaria, other judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh have been whittling down the thousands of hopeful stars with the help of celebrity guests.
The 'X Factor' official website states: "Instead of the usual six, eight acts will now go through to the Judges' Houses stage so that Cheryl and Dannii, having missed the auditions, will have the opportunity to choose their finalists from a wider range of talent."
When Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger appeared on the panel, the 32-year-old star suggested the show lifted the age limit in the Boys and Girls categories from 25 to 28 - which Simon has also decided to implement this series.
The statement read: "On top of that, at guest judge Nicole's suggestion and with Simon and Louis in agreement, the Boys and Girls categories age limits have been increased to include anyone under 28. The judges believe this move will strengthen the competition and talent."
After recovering from the tropical disease for several weeks, Cheryl was all smiles as ventured outside her home for the first time yesterday (28.07.10).
The 27-year-old star is now expected to return to filming of the show tomorrow (30.07.10).