They always say "Never change a winning formula". So It is odd to see how much the X Factor has changed this year.
Gone are the cosy intimate auditions done in front of a camera crew and the four judges, instead replaced by performing to 2500 people in an arena making the show virtually indistinguishable from Simon Cowell's other hit show Britain's Got Talent.
Also gone are the unaccompanied auditions instead replaced by full backing tracks making it harder to work out if the singers really are that good.
Gone too are the judges disagreeing about contestants. Now every judge seems to vote yes or no in unison.
And with all this somehow, and don't ask me why, the X Factor has gone from the show too. perhaps it is time to switch to Strictly Come Dancing ?