'Surprise' in longest X Factor
X Factor bosses are to screen the longest edition of the show yet - with a bum-numbing two-and-a-half hour marathon.
The programme on October 9 will be the first of the live shows for this series as the 12 finalists take to the stage to perform.
An ITV spokesman confirmed the show is the longest in the history of the series.
The increased length is understood to be due to a "surprise" for viewers.
Despite the lengthy duration of the show, it will not involve a clash with BBC One rival Strictly Come Dancing that evening.
Last year the frequent overlap between the shows drew repeated criticism. But the October 9 edition of Strictly finishes at 7.40pm, in time for the start of The X Factor.