It's Time. To Face. The Music!  Yes, The X Factor is set to make its return for series 14 in just over a month and we've got the lo-down on what viewers can expect.

Summer is almost over, which means Pumpkin Spice Lattes, wearing extra layers and running away from that creepy little Elf on the Shelf is just around the corner. But most importantly, it signals the hunt for the next "International Pop Star".

Here's everything we know about the upcoming series of The X Factor so far:

When will X Factor return?

Make sure the heating is on point and your local takeaway is on speed dial, as The X Factor will return to TV3 and ITV on Saturday September 2 at 8pm.

Who is judging it this year?

There are no changes to this year's judging panel with Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh all returning with the hopes of landing a Christmas No.1. Alesha Dixon will step in for Nicole from time to time as a guest judge. Fingers crossed for an impromptu rendition of 'So, so, so scandalous'.

Who will host the X Factor?

Dermot O’Leary is returning to his role as the host with the most, after leaving in 2015 only to return the year later. Cue the suits, the dancing and comments from your Nan about what a nice young man he is.

What changes to the 14th series can we expect?

In an attempt to prevent people from switching channels Cowell has confirmed that there will be less live shows and more pre-recorded episodes.

"When you’ve done it for 14 years you can’t keep making the same show every year. I think you have to realise what the contestants are in it for, why do so many people enter? I think if you just make the same show each year it becomes boring and predictable," he said.

"The idea is to do more of the middle shows and less of the live shows. We’ll see if it works or not," he added.

Get ready for more moments like this come September:

This year contestants are encouraged to sing their own songs, while jokes acts are set to be kicked to the curb.

"I’m looking forward to not having that jukebox anymore!" Scherzinger said. "I don’t want to do it guys. I just want cool, relevant songs that work."

Cowell added:  "When they are good song writers you have to encourage that, 100%, otherwise it’s just karaoke."

The Six Chair Challenge has also seen a change-up, with mentors no longer allowed to ask the panel on who to give a seat to.

Check out the new promo trailer for the upcoming series below: