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AXS TV To Air U.K. Version of ‘The X Factor’

Just because Fox canceled the American version of “The X Factor” doesn’t mean some version of the show isn’t available on these shores.

Cable’s AXS TV will serve as the official U.S. broadcast home for the eleventh season of “The X Factor UK,” the result of an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment to bring the flagship version of the show to American television for the first time. “The X Factor UK” is co-produced by creator Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle Media UK’s Thames TV.

Cowell will return to the program as a judge for the first time in three years. Additionally, Mel B., the former Spice Girl and current “America’s got Talent” judge, will serve as a judge for the first time on the show. She had previously appeared as a guest on the show. Joining the duo is U.K. pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole) who is also returning for the first time in three years, and music manager Louis Walsh, making his eleventh consecutive appearance since 2004. Dermot O’Leary will host.

AXS TV will air all 34 episodes of the series, beginning with the opening audition shows, in addition to special boot camp installments and live broadcasts. The show will run on AXS TV Sundays and Mondays starting August 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. Each program will re-air the same night after the first broadcast.

“’The X Factor UK’ is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban in a prepared statement. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge – I’m confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly. I’m proud that AXS TV has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this popular music franchise to showcase talented vocalists.”

The last season of the show attracted up to 11.2 million viewers, and exceeding the U.K.’s ITV’s primetime average across all demographics—performing exceptionally well for young adults ages 16-34. “The X Factor” is produced in 48 territories and has been watched by over 350 million viewers worldwide. ‘The X Factor’ has become a franchise of sorts, with the artists who have appeared in the show selling a combined total of more than 160 million records around the globe.

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