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'X Factor': 7 reasons everyone should be excited about its return

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The X Factor 2013 judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow

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The X Factor 2013 judges


X Factor returns this weekend and it's gearing up to take over your lives until Christmas. And even if you're the sort of person who would normally rather eat a plate of dog food than spend Saturday night with Louis Walsh, there are at least a couple of reasons to be excited about the show's 10th series.

1. Loveable oddballs.

Wagner Carrilho

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Without X Factor we would never have seen Jedward performing the talking bit in 'Oops I Did It Again', watched Kitty Brucknell in a glow-in-the-dark catsuit, witnessed the horror of Diva Fever or, most importantly, been treated to the genius of Wagner.

From 'Loaf Shack' to bongo-drum bashing, from backing dancers rubbing their boobs to owning a pet lion, Wagner remains the greatest ever X Factor oddball in our eyes, but hopefully this year, he can be topped.

And don't even get us started on the greatest act to never reach the live shows.... Bun 'Nd Cheese.



Someone call the police. They've been robbed.

2. Louis Walsh.

Louis Walsh

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Louis Walsh pulls a trademark comical expression



A relic of British Saturday night entertainment in the '80s and '90s, nobody loves Louis Walsh, but everyone loves to hate Louis Walsh.

He's a surreal panto dame, who has brought us debates about obscure Harmony Korine movie Gummo, accidentally killed off Berry Gordy (he's still breathing Louis!), hijacked Barack Obama's 'Yes We Can' slogan and more often than not made about as much sense as a drunk badger.

Paije Richardson on The X Factor Tour

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Oh, and he gave us that "little Lenny Henry" moment.

3. Unforgettable contestants.



Like Rikki Loney. How could you forget that hat?



The imaginatively named Girlband.



Little Austin Drage. You remember. With the thing. And the thing. Erm. And the thing.



TABBY.... CALLAGHAN. Possibly now locked in a cupboard with Kate Thornton. Although that's not confirmed.

4. It's basically the countdown to Christmas.



Like Coca-Cola truck adverts, teary John Lewis promos and the arrival of Brussels sprouts in the supermarkets, the return of X Factor is basically an early warning that Christmas is coming.

5. Move over Miley. It's Dermot Dancing time.



If Dermot doesn't kick off the live shows with a foam finger, Louis Walsh dressed as Robin Thicke and a nude bikini outfit, we'll be very, very disappointed.

6. It could be worse.

We could still be suffering this:



Or you might accidentally watch an atrocity like this on the other side:



7. The chance this could happen again



The X Factor returns on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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