Simon Cowell thinks the The X Factor is even more demanding this year.
The judge wanted to make the competition more challenging.
‘I believe in constantly raising the bar,’ he says. ‘[This year’s show] is bigger, better, faster and tougher.’
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Simon, 49, has transformed the format of the first round for the new series.
‘It was time to change things, make it different,’ he tells Now Online.
‘Holding auditions in front of live audiences is testing but allows real talent to shine through.’