Who is Anthony Russell? X Factor star from Liverpool who first competed over ten years ago

Here's everything you need to know about the contestant who made it all the way to the live shows after trying to get on the show multiple times.

Who is Anthony Russel?

Anthony Russel is a 28-year-old singer from Liverpool.

He originally auditioned for X Factor a decade ago, at the tender age of 17, in front of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Louis Walsh and Danii Minogue.

After not getting on the show that year, Anthony reauditioned in 2017 which won him three yeses from the judges.

Sadly, the singer has to quit the show due to "personal reasons".

For the past 12 months, he has been mentored by new judge Louis Tomlinson.

Simon commented on this saying: “I knew that Louis had reached out to help him with his demons a long time ago.

“I think it says a lot about the kind of person Louis is; he doesn’t brag about it, he doesn’t talk about it, it’s a very personal thing for him."

This year he finally made it all the way to the finals after making it through the Six Chairs Challenge and singing Scars by James Bay at the Judges' Houses.

Who are this year's X Factor judges?

The judging panel for the fifteenth series of the show has seen a major overhaul.

Simon Cowell remains but all three other judges have been replaced.

That means that Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are no longer on the panel.

Instead, they have been replaced by Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. Sharon Osbourne will also help out during the live shows.

When is The X Factor 2018 on?

New episodes of The X Factor air every Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

It usually starts around 8pm although the time can vary from week to week.

Last year's contest was won by Rak-Su who triumphed in the final over Grace Davies.

Following the first auditions, the Six Chair Challenge and the Judges' Houses, the live shows kicked off on Saturday, October 20.

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