The X Factor: Celebrity divides viewers as Simon Cowell’s revamped show kicks off

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Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor Celebrity judging panel with Dermot O'Leary as host
What did you make of X Factor: Celebrity? (Picture: ITV)

The X Factor: Celebrity kicked off with a mix of Love Island supergroups and moving tributes from Martin Bashir, but not everyone was entirely sold on the concept.

In the first episode of the series, judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger were joined by a bunch of celebrity pals as a number of famous faces auditioned at Simon’s Malibu home.

So who impressed? The Chase’s Jenny Ryan proved the biggest standout, delivering a stunning cover of Queen’s Somebody To Love.

On the other end of the scale was duo Jeremy Edwards and Brendan Cole, with the former getting particularly bitter toward the judges after some negative comments.

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Falling somewhere in the middle were the Love Island supergroup, comprised of Wes Nelson, Eyal Booker, Samira Mighty and Zara McDermott, with the former showing off his surprisingly decent rapping skills.

An unlikely highlight was Martin Bashir, who provided a touching moment as he revealed how his late brother inspired him to sign up for the show.

But how did the show go down with viewers? Some fully embraced the lighter, sillier tone.

Others however weren’t quite so sold on it.

Or maybe cringe is the way forward?

A cracking Saturday cringe.

This isn’t the only revamped version of The X Factor coming this year, with an all stars version featuring past contestants also set to air later this year.

The X Factor: Celebrity continues next Saturday on ITV.

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