X Factor 2023, first episode tonight: off with the auditions

Morgan returns among the judges, also new in the competition

X Factor 2023 starts tonight, 14 September, on TV on Sky and streaming on Now. We start with the first auditions, in a show characterized by a series of novelties. Judges chapter: Morgan returns after 9 years of absence to challenge Fedez, Dargen D’Amico and Ambra Angiolini. “I didn’t come to try to prevail over them but to prevail over the fallen world around me. With extreme naturalness and humility I think I’m truly the best”, begins Morgan in the first episode, confirmed after the ‘eventful’ episode that took place in Selinunte , with the clash with the audience at a concert and homophobic insults to the spectators: case closed with a donation in favor of gay kids kicked out by their families.

The host-singer-songwriter Francesca Michielin will be present in the initial episodes, currently resting after an operation and ready to host the live episodes from 26 October. However, fans will also see her in the first episodes of ‘X Factor’, recorded before the operation: the two of Audition (broadcast on 14 and 21 September), the two of Bootcamp (5 and 12 October) and the dedicated episode at Home Visits (19 October).

The judges’ task will be more difficult this year, because the aspiring competitors, by precise decision of the program managers, are not semi-professionals, as has often happened in recent years, but real budding talents.


12 competitors will arrive at the Live phase. After the traditional Auditions, in which the artists will perform and present their musical project with the hope of receiving at least 3 yes votes to continue, the Bootcamps will arrive (5 and 12 October). In this phase the four at the table, for the first time in the history of band: the judges will review the performances of the 48 competitors who passed through the Audition selections divided into 4 groups of 12 with a mechanism that provides for each of them the possibility of selecting 3 competitors at a time from each of the 4 groups; fate will decide who will be the first judge to make his choice.

Then, on October 19th, each judge will meet their artists who have arrived this far in the Home Visits which will take place indoors, in the intimacy of the relationship between judge and artist, from which the 12 official competitors competing in the XF2023 Live Shows will emerge.

At the Auditions there will be a great variety of genres: pop, urban, author music and rock in all its declinations and contaminations, with electronic atmospheres and other more intimate moments thanks to kids who will arrive accompanied by pianos and guitar arpeggios. Also in this edition there are many artists who will present themselves with unreleased songs, but there will also be great covers with unique interpretations of evergreens that will make the audience sing.