As The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing battled it out for the first time on Saturday, the ITV show came out top in the ratings battle with an average of 9 million viewers, compared to Strictly’s 8 million average.

But viewing figures are still down on previous years, and as Strictly reached a higher peak audience of 9.8 million, it has been reported that X Factor producers are considering a series of changes to the show next year.

As well as possibly moving the start of the show forward to September in 2013, to avoid people missing out during the summer holidays, show bosses are said to have decided to lose the guest judges and recruit Mel B as new judge Nicole Scherzinger’s replacement on the panel.

Have you been watching the 2012 series? Do you think changes need to be made? And who’s been your favourite judge this year? Take a look at our photo gallery of guest judges, and let us know what you think in the comment box below.