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Saturday 19 January 2019

The X Factor will be screened three times in a week, with an extra edition set to clash with the launch of rival Strictly Come Dancing.

The X Factor will be screened three times in a week, with an extra edition set to clash with the launch of rival Strictly Come Dancing.

ITV bosses said they added an extra Friday show as a result of other shows on the network that have squeezed the time available. But it means the singing contest will go head-to-head with the BBC1 show as the couples make their debuts on September 26.

The shows have had one battle already this year, when Strictly - on which Mrs Brown's Boys star Jennifer Gibney is a contestant - was the winner on Sunday night.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell conceded on Monday - when ratings showed the BBC show's average audience was 800,000 ahead - that Strictly won "round one".

Now ITV has confirmed the boot camp and judges' houses stages will play across three consecutive nights.

A new Sunday variety show on the channel and the screening of Downton Abbey mean only one hour is available on the Sunday, so the decision was made to add the Friday.

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