The X Factor Live Tour is back for 2018 – and this time it’s coming to life.

During each show on the 14-date tour, the acts will have to prove themselves all over again.

More than three million people have seen shows on the annual tours since they began 13 years ago, but all they’ve had to do is to look out for their favourites and then go home.

On this tour of The X Factor, members of the audience will be able to vote to choose a new winner every night.

The tour won't include Birmingham contender Georgina Panton, who was eliminated at the end of judges' houses.

Georgina, 20, has a four-year-old son, Elijah who has become her prime motivation to make something of her life.

Last year, city hotel housemaid Relley C went on to reach the live finals, but after suffering a heavy cold made a shock exit, losing too early to join the acts chosen for the tour.

The Acocks Green girl was axed after just three live shows, even though Sharon Osbourne had said she was ‘Better than Diana Ross’.

What else is new for 2018?

Becca Dudley
Becca Dudley

Despite the audience getting a vote, The X Factor live show still won’t be offering quite the full monty as once again there will be no sign of Simon Cowell and his fellow judges – or even main show TV presenter Dermot O’Leary.

This year Becca Dudley will present the tour competition each night.

Becca is a model and drummer turned MTV presenter and DJ who has her own YouTube series called Deadly.

Following the axing of The Xtra Factor after 12 years she has been hosting an online companion format for The X Factor.

When is the 2018 Tour?

Farshad Saffarian at the Genting Arena
Proud dad: Birmingham's Farshad Saffarian after watching daughter Sophia starring with Four of Diamonds at the Genting Arena in 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2018 kicks off in Belfast on February 16.

The tour will include a Sunday matinee performance at Birmingham’s Genting Arena from 1pm on Sunday, February 25 – the last day of half term – before it ends in Brighton the following Sunday on March 4.

As well as Bournemouth it will also visit the cities of Cardiff, Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Who is taking part in the 2018 Tour?

These are the acts on the X Factor Live Tour 2018
These are the acts on the X Factor Live Tour 2018

The X Factor’s six semi-final acts will star in The X Factor Live Tour 2018.

A seventh wildcard act will be decided via an online vote from all the acts to feature in this year’s live shows.

The top six artists confirmed to go on the tour are: Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Linnen.

Brothers Sean and Conor Price are also joining the show after winning the wildard vote.

Rak-Su are the first ever X Factor act to have had two No 1 singles on iTunes while being on the show, riding high in the charts with Dimelo and Mona Lisa, which also won them the weekend vote in Week 4.

Grace Davies won the Prize Fight in Week 1 with an emotional performance of her original song, Too Young. The track also became the first song of this series to top the UK iTunes chart.

Kevin Davy White won the weekend vote in Week 2 with his rendition of Santana’s Smooth.

The X Factor Live Tour 2018 is coming to Birmingham
The X Factor Live Tour 2018 is coming to Birmingham

Lloyd Macey topped the weekend vote in Week 3 with his moving performance of George Michael’s A Different Corner. As a result, he won the right to open for chart-topping superstars Little Mix on their arena tour in Manchester.

Also joining the line-up are The Cutkelvins, whose original song Saved Me From Myself was one of the stand out performances across Week 4, as well as Matt Linnen, who has been impressing the judges and audience with his raw and original takes on hits, including Alicia Key’s Falling.

Teenage Irish buskers Sean and Conor Price, Wildcard vote winners, won over audiences with their take on classics including Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower. They also write their own material.

How to get tickets

Saara Aalto during X Factor Live 2017 at the Genting Arena
Saara Aalto during X Factor Live 2017 at the Genting Arena

Tickets for the Genting Arena date are on general sale now from The Ticket Factory website

Tickets are priced at £23.50 / £42.15 / £63.05 / £112.77 (VIP) (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) plus £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Remember the eight acts who made it through to the 2017 Tour?

Honey G during X Factor Live 2017 at the Genting Arena
Honey G during X Factor Live 2017 at the Genting Arena

They were: Matt Terry , Saara Aalto , Sam Lavery, 5 After Midnight, Ryan Lawrie, Emily Middlemas, Four of Diamonds and Honey G.