From the weekly frock wars to Dermot O'Leary's daft dances, here's 10 reasons to adore the X Factor.
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Words: Michael Hogan. Pictures: Rex Features/ITV
Booming voice over man. “It’s time! To face! The muuuuuuuuusic!”
Pictured: Peter Dickson, the "voice" of the X Factor
Those magical, spine-tingly moments when an unlikely pop star shuffles on-stage, everyone sniggers… and then an incredible voice comes out.
Gary Barlow. National treasure. Guilty pleasure.
Playing spotter’s bingo with the judges’ clichés: made it your own, nailed it, out of your comfort zone, bit pitchy, owned the stage, you look like a pop star… And of course Louis Walsh’s traditional cry of “I want. You. In. De. Foinal!”
Dermot O’Leary. No-one’s better at dispensing hugs, spinning round or doing daft little dance routines.
There’s no TV show that’s more nation-uniting and watercooler-friendly. Everyone’s got an opinion.
Weekly frock wars between Tulisa and Nicole when we get to the live shows.
There’s going to be a special Olympic-themed “Heroes” show, with the likes of Jess Ennis, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Ellie Simmonds appearing as mentors. Sideburns and Mobots all round!
Louis Walsh’s ever more-youthful face and weird two-tone hair.
There’s no better accompaniment to Twitter, a takeaway and wine.