The X Factor
The X Factor in September
Simon Cowell will be a judge in The X Factor starting on ITV in the United Kingdom from September.
Simon Cowell said anyone from 16 to pensioners can take part: "We're not specifically looking for a pop star of 80, but the age limit is off."
Three judges will each have one of the groups to manage. The X Factor will screen each week - one hour of performances and 30 minutes of results - and viewers will vote on which is the best group and who is the best judge.
Simon Cowell will be one judge while Westlife manager Louis Walsh will probably be another.
Ex-Scary Spice Mel B could be the third judge. The Sun speculated that Sharon Osbourne would be the third judge in the hope she would be the rudest judge ever on British TV.
A source told Broadcast magazine: "It will be like judge wars. Will Louis Walsh win the show or will Simon Cowell? They will be doing everything they can to win the Saturday night show and will pull out every trick in the book to do so."
"The judges are in competition as well as the artists," Simon Cowell said. "This time I'm going to be putting my reputation on the line as well."
Auditions for candidates aged 16+ will take place in six cities and was open to bands as well as solo artists. 120 successful candidates in the auditions will then be split into three groups: 16-24 year olds, 25+ year olds, and a third group which will form a band.