Applications for X Factor 2013 close March 15

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We don’t know who the judges will be, because the panel was not confirmed yet, and the speculations keep increasing, but the search for the next batch of singers will start very soon.

There aren’t any limitations on who can apply: you only have to be over sixteen and have the right to work in the UK. Any type of singer can try his luck, either groups or soloists. You can apply online by uploading a video, or in person if you come to an open audition day.

The show will get a new twist this year, where you can nominate a friend, a family member or simply someone talented you know, without them knowing. This is a way of finding undiscovered talent, where the bosses of the show want the viewers to put the spotlight on someone who may not be confident enough to come to the audition themselves. An inside source explained: It’s a new twist to freshen up the show. We are asking friends to nominate their pals who they believe are good enough to take part in the show but for some reason have never applied.

So far the dates for the open auditions have not been confirmed but you can apply or show your interest online at application.xfactor.tv.

For this edition of the X Factor, the creators of the show want to lose the cool covers and return to the karaoke classics, because this approach failed to impress viewers last season and led to a drop in the ratings. Even though there was quite an impressive range of singer-songwriters on the last series of the show, who played a lot more original tracks, the ratings kept going down and the producers have finally admitted that.

It seems though that classics are the most successful. Take for example Christopher Maloney, who made it through the final without ever being in the bottom two, because he performed timeless songs like Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

An inside source from the show said that: The X Factor is a cool competition, but first and foremost it’s a family entertainment show — it has to appeal to all ages. Including more songs from the Seventies and Eighties will help it stay connected with mums, dads and grandparents who don’t know the latest chart sensation. He added: Chris sang songs older viewers could sing along to. He got votes because people figured it would guarantee they heard something they knew each week.