Who is Anthony Russell? X Factor 2018 hopeful from Liverpool who first competed over ten years ago

Here's everything you need to know about the contestant, and why you might have seen him before…

Who is Anthony Russel?

Anthony Russel is a 28-year-old singer from Liverpool.

He originally auditioned for X Factor a whooping decade ago at the tender age of 17 in front of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Louis Walsh and Danii Minogue.

Anthony auditioned and received three yeses last year but decided to quit due to 'personal reasons'.

For the past 12 months he has been mentored by new judge Louis Tomlinson: “I knew that Louis had reached out to help him with his demons a long time ago,” Simon said.

“I think it says a lot about the kind of person Louis is: he doesn’t brag about it, he doesn’t talk about it, it’s a very personal thing for him.", he said.

Who are this year's X Factor judges?

The judging panel for the fifteenth series of the show has seen a major overhaul.

Simon Cowell remains but all three other judges have been replaced.

That means that Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are no longer on the panel.

Instead they have been replaced by Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. Sharon Osbourne will also help out during the live shows.


 

When does The X Factor 2018 start?

The X Factor makes its big return on Saturday, September 1, at 8pm on ITV.

It will be followed by another show on Sunday at the same time.

After the first week, it will air every Saturday and Sunday from then on.

Last year's contest was won by Rak-Su who triumphed in the final over Grace Davies.

 

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