Belfast Telegraph

Strictly and X Factor in live clash

Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor will have a half-hour clash when the live stages of both contests go up against each other for the first time this year.

Schedule details show the first live X Factor programme of the series on October 12 - which lasts a mammoth 135 minutes - will overlap with the dance show for 30 minutes.

Strictly is already proving to be ahead in the Saturday night ratings with last Saturday's edition of the show drawing an average 1.4 million viewers more than the singing contest.

A two-hour edition of the dance show is scheduled at 6.30pm a week on Saturday, while X Factor kicks off at 8pm that night. The following day Strictly's 40-minute results show begins at 7.20pm, going up against an edition of Coronation Street which begins at 7pm, then followed by X Factor results at 8pm.

This weekend viewers will learn which contestants will make it through the judges' houses stage to the live finals of The X Factor, while on Strictly the first couple will leave the show.

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