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U.K. 'X Factor' coming to US on AXS TV channel

Thursday - 8/7/2014, 11:10am  ET

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Simon Cowell, a judge on the "The X Factor," smiles from the stage during a panel discussion on the show at the FOX 2013 Summer TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. The British edition of "The X Factor" is coming to U.S. television. Music entertainment cable channel AXS TV said Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, it will begin airing the singing contest's 11th season on Labor Day weekend. "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell is on the judging panel, which includes ex-Spice Girl Mel B and pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly known as Cheryl Cole. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The British edition of "The X Factor" is coming to U.S. television.

Music entertainment cable channel AXS TV said Wednesday it will begin airing the singing contest's 11th season on Labor Day weekend.

"X Factor" creator Simon Cowell is on the judging panel, which includes ex-Spice Girl Mel B and pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly known as Cheryl Cole.

"The X Factor" is a hit in Britain and a success internationally, with the format produced in 48 TV markets.

The U.S. version was an exception: Fox's "The X Factor" was canceled after three seasons because of disappointing ratings. Even Cowell's popularity from "American Idol" didn't help.

Britain's "X Factor" debuts Aug. 31 on AXS TV, airing at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday and Monday and following its U.K. broadcasts by a day.


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