Dermot on Scherzinger

Dermot O'Leary hasn’t got many good things to say about guest X Factor Judge Nicole Scherzinger!

The X Factor is back and we’ve been chatting to host Dermot about this year's series and what will make it bigger and better than the last?!

It sounds like things have been very different without Cheryl and Dannii:

Dermot on Nicole

So what else has been going on behind the scenes during the audition rounds!

Dermot confirmed that the usual over-25s category has been bumped up to over-28s after stand-in judge Nicole Scherzinger persuaded Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh to shake up the format.

Dermot on the format

We all knew that Dannii Minogue wouldn’t be there for the audition rounds as she was off having a baby – but then Cheryl got sick with Malaria and they were two judges down!

Dermot says they were sorely missed!!!

Dermot on Dannii and Cheryl's absence