Autumn has marked the return of Saturday night talent shows. Whilst Strictly is in full swing with the usual structure (and sequins of course), The X Factor has decided to shake things up a bit.

It's no secret that the singing show has struggled in the ratings battle against its BBC rival, and after 15 years the format is looking a little tired. But instead of cancelling the show all together, Simon Cowell has decided to introduce two new formats.

The X Factor: Celebrity has now kicked off, with several Love Island stars and other familiar faces from the telly taking part. But if that doesn't tickle your fancy, you may be more interested to hear that the second format will invite back some of most memorable acts from the past seasons to face off to become the champion of champions in The X Factor: All Stars. 

What will The X Factor: All Stars start?

No date has officially been confirmed yet. However, as the celebrity series of X Factor is due to finish in November, we imagine it may kick off straight after this. 

Who will be taking part?

It's not just winners we'll be seeing in the competition - we have a real mixed bag of contestants. After all, the public do love a bit of fun, and who knows? Maybe viewers are tired of the same old ballads and want something a bit more fun this time - seeing as nobody's future career is on the line. 

Past contestants confirmed so far for The X Factor: All Stars are: 

  • Leona Lewis - 2006 winner and 10x platinum in the UK
  • Alexandra Burke - 2008 winner and star on The West End
  • Shayne Ward - 2005 winner and actor on Coronation Street
  • James Arthur - 2012 winner whose had singles very recently
  • Fleur East - 2014 runner up and I'm a Celebrity contestant
  • Stevi Ritchie - Wild card for the Over 25s in 2014
  • Jedward - Represented Ireland in Eurovision twice and hosted several TV shows
  • Wagner - Wild card in 2010 and seen as a popular joke act
  • Honey G - 2016 rapper who was divisive across audiences

How to watch The X Factor online

Since The X Factor is on ITV 1 you can watch online with the ITV Hub on a wide range of devices including your phone.

If you’re holidaying outside of the UK, there are ways to watch the ITV Hub abroad such as using a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN.

Who are the judges?

Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger have all returned for the celebrity iteration of X Factor, so we'd place a major bet that they'll also be judging on the All Stars version. 

Dermot O’Leary has also confirmed with the Metro that he will be back to his presenting duties, so we can be sure to see him telling us how our Saturday night will "start right here" as he spins on the spot. 

Who won previous X Factor series?

Let's take a trip back through time and remember who was crowned in every series of the show (and who may make an appearance in the champions version of The X Factor). This list doesn't include memorable runners-up like JLS, One Direction and Jedward. 

  • 2018 – Dalton Harris
  • 2017 – Rak-Su
  • 2016 – Matt Terry
  • 2015 – Louisa Johnson
  • 2014 – Ben Haenow
  • 2013 – Sam Bailey
  • 2012 – James Arthur
  • 2011 – Little Mix
  • 2010 – Matt Cardle
  • 2009 – Joe McElderry
  • 2008 – Alexandra Burke
  • 2007 – Leon Jackson
  • 2006 – Leona Lewis
  • 2005 – Shayne Ward
  • 2004 – Steve Brookstein (remember him?)