As the only free-to-air channel that is exclusively airing the hugely popular talent show to audiences in the Middle East, Dubai One - the English language channel of Dubai Channels Network (DCN) – is broadcasting episodes of ‘X Factor’ in tandem with the UK every Friday and Saturday at 9:00 pm. The programme is a big entertainment hit in the UK and has provided the launch pad for the music careers of many well-recognised popstars.
Sarah Al Jarman, Director at Dubai One, said: “We are excited to once again be airing one of our most popular shows ‘The X Factor’. Dubai One is airing the show due to its position as a premier media hub and as part of its commitment towards the progressive and vibrant spirit of the region.”
“As fans of the eminent judges on the show and its talented performers, we are inspired by the larger-than-life concept of the show. The grandeur spirit of the show is presented through the intriguing drama set across the stage and the enthusiasm brought forth by the judges. We are just as excited for the finale episode and wish all the participants best of luck for this season,” added Sarah.
Fans will be excited to see the return of the show’s most beloved judging panel: rock royalty Sharon Osbourne, pop sensation Nicole Scherzinger and chart maestro Louis Walsh sit alongside The X Factor creator and music mogul Simon Cowell and returning host Dermot O’Leary.
Renowned for her straight-talking approach, Sharon Osbourne was one of the original X Factor judges, appearing on the panel from 2004 to 2007 and then again in 2013. Of course Sharon also has more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, managing some of the biggest bands in rock. Speaking about her return, Sharon said: “I’m overjoyed about going back to The X Factor, sitting with Louis, gorgeous Nicole and Simon. But most of all, I can’t wait to meet baby Eric.”
Nicole Scherzinger was a hugely popular judge on The X Factor in 2012 and 2013, securing victory in her first series with James Arthur and proving a huge hit with viewers for her enthusiastic and passionate approach. As a singer, Nicole has achieved global success, selling millions of records both as one of The Pussycat Dolls and also as a solo artist.
Nicole said: “I’m thrilled to be back in the UK and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. Having found winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I can do it again.”
Music manager and X Factor legend Louis Walsh reprises his role on the panel, returning for a record-breaking 12th series as a UK X Factor judge.
Talking about his return, Louis said: “He’d say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year! I’m delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole, and I’m looking forward to taking them all back to Dublin this year when we head there for auditions.”
“Be careful what you wish for!” was Simon Cowell’s reply for Louis.
Artists discovered by The X Factor have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 200 number one hits, making it the most successful show in history for discovering chart superstars. This includes One Direction, who have sold 70 million records worldwide, Olly Murs who has achieved success with four multi-platinum albums and total sales of more than 16 million, and Little Mix who have sold 15 million records globally.
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