X Factor announce changes

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: (L-R) X Factor judges Danni Minogue, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole appear with their award for Most Popular Talent Show at the National Television Awards held at O2 Arena on January 20, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

X Factor have revealed new changes to the “Judges Houses” stage of the show. Mentors on this year’s X Factor will pick from eight acts rather than six during the judges houses stage.
ITV have also confirmed reports that the upper age limit for the boys’ and girls’ categories has been increased to 28 “to strengthen the competition and talent”.

A show statement read: “Here at The X Factor we’re never ones to rest on our laurels. If something needs a mix up to keep the show fresh and exciting, then that’s exactly what we’ll do! Last year we added a live audience to the auditions, this year it’s Boot Camp that’s bringing about some changes.”

It continued: “Instead of the usual six, eight acts will now go through to the Judges’ Houses stage so that Cheryl and Dannii, having missed the auditions, will have the opportunity to choose their finalists from a wider range of talent.”

Danni  took to twitter to tweet: “Excited that I get to pick from eight acts instead of six this season!”

Danni has not been attending the auditions or bootcamp stages of the show due to giving birth, but she will return for the Judges Houses stage of the compettition.