X Factor start date confirmed

Nicole Scherzinger at the Newcastle auditions

Nicole Scherzinger

'The X Factor' will be returning to TV screens on Saturday August 18, it has been confirmed.

'The X Factor' is returning to TV on August 18.

The ITV talent show - which this year features judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger - will hit screens later this month.

Writing on twitter, the ITV Press Centre said: "Confirmed: It's back! @TheXFactor starts 8pm Saturday 18 August on @ITV1 #thexfactor #xfactor (sic)"

Meanwhile, Nicole - who left US 'X Factor' after one series, to be replaced by Demi Lovato - has claimed she and Tulisa have been getting on well during the show because she is a "cool chick".

She said: "Women should empower each other. I felt close to Paula Abdul when I did 'X Factor' in the US. It's great to work with Tulisa, she's a cool chick.

"We're all on the same team together, she's really fun. I love her a lot."

Nicole also claims she is delighted to be returning to the UK show, which she originally appeared on as a guest judge in 2010.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "The 'X Factor' UK has a special place in my heart. The thing I battled with last year on 'X Factor' USA was the rejection pat, having to let contestants go. But I've grown so much since then."


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