The X Factor: Celebrity Line-Up & Start Date Announced – Love Island Supergroup Form For Show

30 September 2019, 17:00 | Updated: 3 October 2019, 16:47

Celebrity X Factor: Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker & More Form Love Island Supergroup
Celebrity X Factor: Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker & More Form Love Island Supergroup. Picture: REX ITV/X Factor

The first ever series of Celebrity X Factor is coming and the full line up has been revealed, along with the start date, the judges, and who’s hosting it.

The X Factor: Celebrity has announced it's full line-up for its first ever series which will kick off Saturday 12th October at 8:35pm on ITV!

The series includes Love Island's Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker, Samira Mighty and Zara McDermott, who have formed a supergroup to compete against the likes of other celebrities, such as TOWIE's Megan McKenna.

The 2018 Islanders have joined forces to form a group, and we couldn’t be more intrigued.

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The Love Island supergroup
The Love Island supergroup. Picture: YouTube

Eyal was previously in a band called, ‘EverYoung’, before joining the reality show, as well as Samira being a trained perfomer who has appeared on the West End in musicals from ‘Mamma Mia’ to ‘Dreamgirls’.

In the trailer, Eyal says: “We want to be seen as more than reality stars.”

So, here’s everything we know about the new version of the show, from its official trailer, where you can watch it and when it airs.

The show dropped its official trailer which shows the 15 competitors who will be fighting it out to impress the judges and take home the winning title.

The trailer shows Simon Cowell saying: “It’s time for something different,” as the new take of the original series shows celebrities showcasing a talent they aren’t known for having; singing.

Who’s Hosting It?

Dermot O’Leary is back hosting and admitted on ITV’s This Morning that the show ‘felt good’ to film.

The 46-year-old presenter said: “When it feels good, it usually is good...It felt fun and it felt warm.”

Dermot has been hosting X Factor for a whopping 10 years, starting in 2007-2014, and then returning in 2016-present.

He's also notably known for hosting shows from the BRITs, Children In Need and Big Brother's Little Brother for 7 years.

We wonder how he'll get on with the celebs...

Who will be the judges?

Much like the original series of the show, joining Simon Cowell will be two of his favourites – Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh and we're so happy to have the originals back for the brand new twist on the series.

Nicole has judged the show on three separate occasions: 2012-2013, 2016-2017 and 2019.

Whereas Louis has been on the panel for 12 years across various years throughout the show's history, making his debut in the first 2004 series.

Nicole can be seen in the trailer saying, “15 celebrities that are not known for singing,” while Louis says, “this could be carnage.”

Celebrity X factor judges
Celebrity X factor judges. Picture: YouTube

When does Celebrity X Factor start?

The official start date is yet to be confirmed by ITV, but it is speculated to start in October, as ITV still currently have a few weeks left of running Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, on Saturdays.

The Celeb spin-off is likely to be followed by a second X Factor series, X Factor All Stars – where some of the most familiar faces from the previous X Factors return to go head to head.

Simon previously told a tabloid: “We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year.

“I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in ages.”

Who are the celebrity contestants?

As well as Love Island’s Supergroup, we'll see another familiar face as seasoned reality queen Megan McKenna has also signed up. Check out the full line up below...

Megan McKenna

Megan McKenna is just one of the Celebrity X Factor contestants
Megan McKenna is just one of the Celebrity X Factor contestants. Picture: ITV

It doesn’t come as a shock that The Only Way Is Essex star will be competing, as she launched her country music career last year and has already seen some seriously impressive chart success over in the US with her track 'High Heeled Shoes' back in 2017.

Megan released her debut album, ‘Story of Me’, in 2018 followed by her own reality show, ‘There’s Something About Megan’, based on her trip to Nashville to fulfil her country singing dream.

In the trailer for the competition, she says: “This is the biggest opportunity I have ever had in my life.”

Hayley Haselhoff

Hayley Hasselhoff is just one of the hopefuls in the Unders category
Hayley Hasselhoff is just one of the hopefuls in the Unders category. Picture: ITV

Hayley Hasselhoff is an American actress and model and the daughter of actor David Hasselhoff. She is now well known for championing body positivity and often appears on This Morning as a fashion expert.

Kevin McHale

Actor Kevin McHale is hoping to become a name in the music industry
Actor Kevin McHale is hoping to become a name in the music industry. Picture: ITV

Attention all GLEEKs! Artie Abrams’ character, played by Kevin, will be joining the line up!

Mainly known as the GLEE actor, he also was part of a boyband, called ‘NLT', who opened up for Nicole’s Pussycat Dolls in 2007, as well as his solo single, ‘Help Me Now’ earlier this year.

Jonny Labey

Jonny Labey is swapping EastEnders for pop star fame
Jonny Labey is swapping EastEnders for pop star fame. Picture: ITV

Jonny Labey is a British actor best known for his role as Paul Coker in EastEnders. He stunned fans in 2017 when he and his girlfriend won ITV's Dance Dance Dance, so much so that he was snapped up by musical Strictly Ballroom for the lead role.

Olivia Olson

Love Actually child star Olivia Olson is all grown up and hoping to become a pop star
Love Actually child star Olivia Olson is all grown up and hoping to become a pop star. Picture: ITV

Olivia Olson is ready to step back into the limelight after becoming a child star as Joanna in Love Actually. She has since been voicing kids' TV characters and released an album in 2018 after writing her own original music for years.

Max and Harvey

CBBC's Max and Harvey are hoping for stardom
CBBC's Max and Harvey are hoping for stardom. Picture: ITV

The social media stars, who rose to fame through the app musical.ly have a show on CBBC called ‘Max and Harvey: FOMO’.

As the youngest competitors on the new show, they have an impressive 1million followers on Instagram, and have recently announced a February 2020 tour across the UK.

The identical twins have been singing since they were 8 years old and are now 16.

The Islanders

A host of Love Island stars have come together to take on Celebrity X Factor
A host of Love Island stars have come together to take on Celebrity X Factor. Picture: ITV

Samira Mighty, Zara McDermott, Eyal Booker and Wes Nelson decided to put their talents to the test after a successful stint on reality TV.

Try Star

Try Star is just one of the groups taking on the new X Factor
Try Star is just one of the groups taking on the new X Factor. Picture: ITV

Ben Foden, Thom Evans and Levi Davis are all professional rugby players but want to take their singing talents to a serious level.

Cole and Edwards

Strictly's Brendan Cole is hoping to show off his vocal talents
Strictly's Brendan Cole is hoping to show off his vocal talents. Picture: ITV

Dancer Brendan Cole and actor Jeremy Edwards came together to display their singing abilities after Brendan's life-long career as a dancer and Jeremy rising to fame on Hollyoaks and Holby City.

V5

V5 is made up of social media influencers
V5 is made up of social media influencers. Picture: ITV

V5 are international social media influencers, made up of Sofia, Alondra, Laura, Wendii and Natalie. They have a combined social media following of 11 million followers, with over 250 million channel views on YouTube.

Martin Bashir

Martin Bashir is in the overs category
Martin Bashir is in the overs category. Picture: ITV

Martin Bashir has worked as a journalist since 1986, most famous for his Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 2003.

He has won many BAFTA Awards for his work.

Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake is a TV talk show host
Ricki Lake is a TV talk show host. Picture: ITV

Ricki Lake is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in iconic movie Hairspray and for her self-titled talk show in the US. Since then, she has remained in the TV and film industry and has co-written two books.

Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan previously starred on The Chase
Jenny Ryan previously starred on The Chase. Picture: ITV

Jenny Ryan is one of the Chasers from ITV’s The Chase. She was initially hired to write questions for the show but was put forward to become a Chaser by fellow Chaser Anne Hagerty.

Victoria Ekanoye

Victoria Ekanoye is an actress
Victoria Ekanoye is an actress. Picture: ITV

Victoria Ekanoye is best known for playing Angie Appleton in Coronation Street. She has also starred in the stage production of The Lion King and The Blues Brothers.

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