The X Factor is bringing back intimate auditions

'The X Factor' is bringing back stripped-down, intimate auditions for the first time since 2009 after music mogul Simon Cowell has ordered a huge overhaul to save the TV singing show

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Simon Cowell has ordered the return of stripped-down auditions for 'The X Factor'.

The TV singing competition will undergo an overhaul as it makes the hopefuls perform without a backing track for the first time since 2009 with the aim of bringing back some of the two million viewers lost last year.

This doesn't mean an end of the recent audition style - which saw contestants sing in front of a live audiences - as it is said contestants will have to test themselves in both an intimate and arena setting before getting put through to Boot Camp.

A senior show source told The Sun newspaper: "Fans wanted changes this year - and we're giving them what they want.

"The a cappella auditions were classic 'X Factor' and really gave the judges an insight into whether acts were any good.

"It also better showcased some of the weird and wacky people we get, whose performances got lost in the arena auditions. The plan is to have the best of both worlds."

A spokesman for the show has confirmed the switch, as well as hinting as further changes.

They said: "We can confirm the audition rooms will be returning as one of a number of exciting changes."

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