X Factor 2017: When do the live shows start? When is the final?

X FACTOR 2017’s finale will be much earlier than previous years.

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SHORT SERIES: The X Factor 2017 will run for just 13 weeks

This year’s series had the latest start date since its first episode way back in September 2004.

And it seems the series is set to be especially short, as the finale will be its earliest ever.

It was revealed that the X Factor 2017’s finale weekend will be December 2 and 3, meaning the series will be on air for 13 weeks.

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AUDITIONS: X Factor burst back onto screens last weekend

While Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are all back as judges, there has been a major change.

Instead of 10 live shows, it was announced that this year there would only be six.

With that in mind, we’re guessing the finalists and live shows will start on October 28.

Does that mean the first live show will be the annual Halloween themed episode?

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IMPRESSIVE: Grace Davies stunned judges on Saturday night

The Judges’ Houses usually air the week before live shows, so add 21 and 22 October to your diaries.

The six-chair challenge is normally a two weekend affair, meaning those episodes will air on October 7, 8, 14 and 15.

That means viewers have three more weeks of auditions to endure before bootcamp, which we’re estimating will be on TV the weekend of September 30.

Last weekend saw the show return with a brand new selection of singing hopefuls, including BBC Introducing act Grace Davies.

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FAMILIAR FACES: Alesha Dixon covered for Nicole Scherzinger at some auditions

Simon was stunned to see a Sinitta lookalike try her luck, auditioning in a seriously scandalous bikini top.

And one contestant dropped her trousers to reveal she had a tattoo of head judge Simon.

But even that wasn’t enough to save the show from a drop in ratings, as it saw its lowest viewing figures since season one.

The X Factor continues Saturdays at 8pm on ITV.