“The X Factor” U.K. currently revamping its original format. They’re doing auditions in front of the judges to be held in privately in a small room instead of having the auditions open to the public at arenas.
According a news article, “X Factor” U.K. bosses want some changes in an effort to shake up the show, get higher ratings, and encourage better performances out of contestants who may be nervous about auditioning in an arena full of people. It’s also possible that this change was made to save on the costs of renting out arenas for auditions.
Before doing it privately, contestants must perform a cappella.
According to “X Factor” U.K. spokesperson said: “We can confirm the audition rooms will be returning to the X Factor as one of a number of exciting changes.”
Another source said: “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.”
The U.K. version of “The X Factor,” started in 2004. And it was the original “X Factor” before the show did franchise to other countries.
Since 2004 to 2008, auditions for “The X Factor” U.K. were closed to the public. In 2009, the show allowed the public to attend auditions that were held in front of the judges, by holding the auditions as free shows in arenas.
There are some sources says: “Some of the best moments ever on the show happened in those intimate auditions in front of the judges so we want to bring that back. Bigger isn’t always better and we hope to get more interaction with the judges and more poignant moments this way. There is also less pressure on singers in their first audition which could bring out the best and some new singers who were scared of auditioning in arenas. We are getting the best of both worlds and singers can take confidence from their first audition when they go out on stage in front of the crowd.”
The auditions for “The X Factor” U.K. is expected to begin in June.
Meanwhile, “The X Factor” U.K. has not yet announced which four judges will be on the show in 2013.