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Why is The X Factor not live this week?

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Ayda won’t have to make Robbie ‘talk to the hand’ for the next few weeks (Picture: Rex Features/ITV)

Another week, another episode of The X Factor.

Last time around, we lost Janice Robinson and LMA Choir, and the remaining acts with be fighting not to meet the same fate.

You may notice we’ll be losing losing judge Robbie Williams on Sunday, and also that tonight’s show isn’t live.

Since we’re fully into the ‘live shows’ time, we get to the bottom of why.

Robbie is going to be in Chile performing as part of his tour on Monday 5 November.

So, he’ll need leave time for travelling to Santiago where his gig is, and even direct flights are a whopping 15 hours from London.

Producers decided that instead of replacing the Let Me Entertain You star, it would be better to bring forward the timings and pre-record the show.

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Dress rehearsals will have been brought several hours earlier, and it’s believed the performances are being filmed today at around 4.30pm.

It’s a world-first for The X Factor, as the live shows (the clue is in the name) have never been pre-recorded in its history.

At least it’ll take away the need for a delay if any unruly contestants swear- as happened last week.

One source allegedly told The Mirror, however, that Robbie ‘is so committed to his acts and the show that he doesn’t want to leave them in the lurch and fly off.’

He will still be heading off afterwards, and Nile Rogers will be replacing him for three shows, with someone else stepping in for a further two.

The X Factor will be broadcast this evening at the usual time of 8.35pm on ITV.

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