The X Factor UK is here, on TV3

For the first time in New Zealand, Kiwis are in for a entertainment extravaganza as TV3 brings The X Factor UK to New Zealand screens.

The all new 12th season of the original talent competition premieres tonight on TV3, and will be broadcast within three weeks of the UK.

Created by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor franchise has been hugely popular around the world launching the careers of British acts One Direction, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis, American acts Fifth Harmony and Tate Stevens, Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade and Vince Harder in Australia, and here in New Zealand with Jackie Thomas, Benny Tipene, Beau Monga, Nyssa Collins and Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, to name just a few.

Murs, who was the runner-up on season six of the The X Factor UK in 2009, will present the show alongside British television presenter Caroline Flack. The two will become the first ever duo to host the hit singing show, after previously co-hosting The X Factor UK‘s companion show, The Xtra Factor, for two years from 2011.

Murs was excited about returning the the show that launched his career.

“I’m incredibly excited and proud to be returning to The X Factor alongside Caroline. I love the show and it kick-started my career in music which has given me the opportunity to do what I love. I already have the best job in the world and it’s about to get better – I can’t wait to get started and be part of finding some amazing new talent!,” he said.

Flack was ‘beyond excited’ about presenting TV with Murs again.

“I’m beyond excited about presenting The X Factor with Olly. To have the privilege of doing this with someone who makes me laugh out loud is a massive bonus!,” she said.

This year newcomers Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora will join the judging panel alongside Cowell and returning judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

“The combination of Nick, Cheryl and Rita is going to be a lot of fun,” said Cowell. “They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and passion for music to the show.”

“I have a feeling I am in for a bit of a rough time but sometimes you have to embrace the craziness and now, with luck, we hope to find a star.”

Pop star Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor UK, having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge, Ora said she is looking forward to this year’s series.

“I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor UK – I had a ball here in 2012,” she said. “This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom!”

As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Nick Grimshaw is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.

“I love The X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I’m hugely excited to be joining the show,” said Grimshaw. “Music is my job and my passion and I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can’t wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!”

The X Factor UK, 7:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays on TV3.

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  • Simon Green

    Why aren’t they showing XFactor Australia, which started last weekend? I would have thought that would received more viewers.

    • The NZ Herald say “the show is set to air on TV3 next year.”

    • Drew

      It’s likely X Factor AU will have a summer run after. I prefer X Factor UK but wouldn’t mind seeing the Australian version as well considering some of the buzz that’s been generated by James Blunt.

    • Mark Wasley

      Hi Simon. The NZ Herald said TV3 would be screening The X Factor Australia next year.

      • Janet

        What about the X Factor NZ? Would rather have a local version than a foreign one.

        • Jay

          It’s already been on here this year.

          • Janet

            I mean a third season for next year

          • Drew

            All be revealed at Mediaworks upfronts next month.

          • Harrison

            Who would you want as judges? I’d love to have Guy Sebastian (and James Blunt but NZcould never afford him). Also, how come we could get a UK DWTS judge on our version but not a UK X Factor judge on ours?

  • Trevor Ashman

    I think when it gets to the live shows, we will be more up to date than 3 weeks 🙂

  • Shannon Ryan

    This is gonna crash and burn.

  • Dave

    I’d much rather watch The X Factor UK over the Australian version. The UK show is now into its 12th year, and has produced a tidy collection of genuine international recording stars, including One Direction, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, JLS, Cher Lloyd, Alexandra Burke, James Arthur, etc.