Look, we know that as a society we’re regressing back in time more than ever before – but surely this is against child labour laws? Or are these getting repealed too?
In what’s very much a sign of the times we’re now in, the X Factor has decided to take the very questionable step of once again lowering the minimum age limit to 14 years old – opening up the process to more people than ever.
Who needs GCSE’s when you’ve got the chance to be humiliated on television in front of millions, eh?
Speaking to The Mirror, a spokesperson for the show confirmed the claims – highlighting that younger entrants will still need the permission of their parent or guardian to enter.
Good news, pushy stage parents – you’re covered!
“The X Factor has had a long history of teenage contestants really shining on the show,” a source close to the show claimed.
“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.”
An official spokesperson also confirmed the news: “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.”
The show has a history of finding extremely talented young people – One Direction, anyone? – with Louisa Johnson becoming the youngest person to win the show in 2015, at the tender age of just 17.
Meanwhile, shows like Britain’s Got Talent have NO age limit at all – as long as you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian, even a five-year-old could audition.
Auditions are already underway for the 2017 edition of The XFactor, so if you know of any precocious 14-year-olds, make sure they’re getting frogmarched into their nearest convention centre when the X Factor circus rolls into town.