However, this evening's (August 18) series nine launch show should remind fans of why they fell in love with the show in the first place. It should also give those who enjoy hate-watching the show plenty to dig their teeth into.
X Factor 2012 Auditions Show 1 - In Pictures:
Copyright: ITV Thames TVGary Barlow returns as head judge, Nicole Scherzinger slips into Kelly Rowland's boots, Tulisa is back with extra feist and Louis Walsh remains the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs uncle at the end of the desk.
Tonight's auditions feature plenty of tears, goosebumps on the judges, geek-rock, a violent meltdown and a chap from Nando's with one of the most unique voices you'll ever hear.
It also features Mel B as a guest judge, and she proves to be Scary Spice by name and Scary Spice by nature, blasting even the most timid of acts with her acid tongue. Move over Simon Cowell, there's a new Miss Nasty in town.
The X Factor series nine starts tonight at 8pm on ITV1.