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X Factor 2018: Simon Cowell axes bootcamp in ITV show shake up | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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gets underway with its third round of auditions tonight with Simon Cowell, 58, joined by fellow judges Robbie Williams, 44, Ayda Field, 39, and Louis Tomlinson, 26.

The show has dropped the original room auditions this year and replaced them solely with the arena stage, which has become a part of the show's format over the past few years.

However, the hit show is set to make another major change as contestants fight to impress the judges with their vocals.

It has been reported the Boot Camp stage of the competition has been axed, which will mean hopefuls have limited chances to win over the judges.

Boot Camp has been a fundamental part of the process to find the next singing sensation since the show began in 2004.

In a bid to shake-up the show's format, Boot Camp is set to be replaced by the judges simply cutting down the numbers by sitting down and re-watching the auditions.

Speaking to Digital Spy about the change, a source said: “Every year producers look at refreshing the show and this was one of a number of changes brought in for this series.”

With Boot Camp seemingly out the picture, contestants who get the green light to proceed in the competition will go through to the Six Chair Challenge.

Judges will be notified of which category they will be mentoring before the stage begins and then they will have to dwindle the number of contestants in each one to just six.

However, the Six Chair Challenge is set to have a shake-up of its own with the introduction of a Golden X.

The show would be following in the footsteps of its sister show, , which introduced a Golden Buzzer a couple of years ago.

Much like Britain's Got Talent, the Golden X will give judges the chance to send one stand out contestant straight through to judges houses and they can not be replaced once they have a chair.

However, the remaining hopefuls will have to fight for the other five chairs as they risk being swapped out if another contestant is deemed to be better.

Introduced during the 10th series, the Six Chair Challenge was included to bring the categories down to a more manageable size after Boot Camp.

Once there are six contestants in each category, the hopefuls will proceed to judges houses before fighting it out in the live shows.

Last year, show bosses decided to give the live shows an overhaul by bringing the number of shows from 10 to six.

This year's live shows will see another twist with former judge Sharon Osbourne, 65, playing a yet unknown role.

As the 15th series continues tonight, One Direction star as he recognises a singing hopeful.

Tom Richards, 24, auditioned the same year Louis did back in 2010 when the now pop star was hoping to impress judges as a soloist.

However, returning to the stage eight years later, will the singer be able to blow the judges away with his rendition of a James Bay track?

X Factor continue's tonight at 8.25pm on ITV.

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