X Factor hopefuls can now apply through WhatsApp

Tasha Hegarty
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From Digital Spy

The X Factor is moving with the times and instead of simply filling out a form to apply for an audition on the show, wannabe performers can now apply via the magic of WhatsApp.

Isn't technology just wonderful!

This new move makes The X Factor the first TV talent show to use this way of applying and it's not the only change the show is making either, as the competition has lowered its age limit to 14 once again to give even more budding superstars the chance to shine.

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A source spilled the beans to Digital Spy about the lowered age limit, citing Liam Payne as one of the success stories of 14-year-old auditionees, and it seems that the powers that be reckon it's about time to find some more young talent.

"The X Factor has had a long history of teenage contestants really shining on the show," the source said.

"Look at the likes of Liam Payne who was 14 when he first auditioned and that experience really stood him in good stead when he returned in 2010.

"There are so many talented youngsters out there – and producers believe it's time to give youth a chance again."

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An X Factor spokesperson clarified the details to Digital Spy in a statement, saying: "The X Factor auditions are now open to anyone aged 14 or over in order to give a new generation of budding singers the chance to apply.

"Anyone under the age of 18 will need their parent or guardian's permission to apply and they will also need their parent or guardian to accompany them to their audition."

As far as the WhatsApp applications are concerned, it WON'T be a replacement for the auditions, so all those whose applications are accepted will still get the chance to impress the judging panel later in the process.

Photo credit: Thames/Syco Entertainment / ITV

All talented hopefuls need to do to apply is send a video message to the special X Factor number (07733 222 927) by 23:59 BST on 30 June 2017 and make sure the video itself is less than five minutes long.

For any more information – or to sign up to be the next big thing – pop onto the website and have a look.

The X Factor returns to ITV later this year.

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