For the fifth consecutive year, AXS TV will serve as the American home of the hit singing competition The X Factor UK—premiering the 15TH season of the international sensation on Sunday, September 2 at 8pE/5pP. Each episode will air on AXS TV 24 hours after the original UK broadcasts, with encore airings directly following the stateside premieres.
The X Factor UK is once again hosted by series mainstay Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to emcee all the tremendous highs, shocking exits, and powerhouse performances that the long-running series is famous for. Season 15 will unveil a new judges panel stocked with an all-star roster of music mentors led by chart-topping singer—and former X Factor UK finalist—Louis Tomlinson, who took the world by storm as part of boy band phenomenon One Direction. Joining Tomlinson is beloved pop icon Robbie Williams, the UK’s best-selling British solo artist of all-time, and his wife actress and presenter Ayda Williams. The new judges will join legendary music mogul and X Factor UK creator Simon Cowell, whose insight helped power hip hop quartet Rak-Su to victory in season 14. Rounding out the panel is music manager, TV host, and original X Factor UK judge Sharon Osbourne, who will resume her duties during the live shows—giving the hit series five judges for the first time ever.
For more than a decade, The X Factor UK has established itself as the premier platform for discovering the international superstars of the future. X Factor UKtalent have sold a combined total of over 400 million records worldwide, and taken over the charts with over 200 Number-one hit singles. Throughout its 15-season run, the series has introduced an unprecedented roster of successful acts to the world, including global standouts One Direction; GRAMMYÒ-nominated siren Leona Lewis; multi-platinum vocalist Olly Murs; songstress Cher Lloyd; and pop group Little Mix, who were the first group to win the competition, and have since gone on to become one of the most successful British female acts of all time.
In addition to unforgettable performances and stunning set designs, The X Factor UK is also one of the first major stops for some of the industry’s top recording artists to debut their latest tracks. Season 14 boasted an impressive lineup of guest artists featuring Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Rita Ora, Fergie, Ed Sheeran,P!NK, and Sam Smith, among others; and, in recent years, AXS TV’s viewers have been among the first in North America to hear Adele’s “Hello”; Coldplay’s “Adventure Of A Lifetime”; Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”; Maroon 5’s “Animals”; Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”; One Direction’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” performed live for the first time on TV; and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” to name only a few.