Simon CowellYou wait years for a musical about a talent show and then two come along at once.

Hot on the heels of Viva Forever, the Spice Girls musical set against a girl group’s climb to fame on a TV talent show, comes It’s Time To Face the Musical, the long-awaited stage show based on The X Factor.

Penned by Harry Hill, the show is set to open at the London Palladium next year. And X Factor supremo Simon Cowell has finally given the project his seal of approval.

‘‘The thing about Simon is that he has this great, strong image,’ says Harry. ‘The show will at times be scathing, without being cynical.’

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