This year’s X Factor final will be held in Manchester, show producers have confirmed.
It will be the first time the show’s climax has been staged outside of the Capital.
The first seven X Factor finals were held at Fountain Studios in Wembley, home of the regular live shows, however in 2011, show bosses chose to move the final to the larger Wembley Arena.
This year’s two-night final will now be held at Manchester Central Convention Complex, with around half of tickets set to be distributed to fans via the programme’s sponsor, TalkTalk.
There will be a slight change to the judging panel this season, with Nicole Scherzinger joining Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh in place of departing judge, Kelly Rowland.
Series eight of the X Factor begins on 18 August at 8pm on ITV1, with the final scheduled for December.
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