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Watching The X Factor tonight? Try this drinking game

Play along at home with We were born to be stars, Simon.


It’s back.

The X Factor.

The amazing yet painful audition rounds are coming back to telly. And we can just tell that it’s gonna be better than ever. Not least because it’s our old beloved Louis Walsh’s last year on the judging panel.

Care to make this year’s series more interesting?

Do you think you have what it takes, the superstar potential, to make it to the top?

Then play the one, the only, the unoffficial The X Factor drinking* game.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

(*Note that you should definitely be playing with minerals or tea. The X Factor is enough of an emotional rollercoaster as it is, none of us need drink involved here.)

How to play:

Get your mug of tea or glass of Fanta and switch over to The X Factor (Saturday and Sunday at 8pm, on TV3).

The rules are simple. Drink a sup of tae or slurp of Coke every time you spot one of the following things…

1. Lingering shots of bafflingly long queues

And everyone in them seems SO EXCITED. Despite being there for hours. And hours.


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2. Incredibly supportive family

That one contestant who comes along with their entire extended family, including the scarily supportive mother.


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BONUS DRINK: “I want this. So much”

Drink deep of your cup when you hear that old chestnut.


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3. The bad song choices

Listen, love, no one in their right mind would choose “I Will Always Love You.” It’s over. Let go.


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4. A deeply off-key contestant



5. The outrageously inept

This person does NOT have The X Factor. Take a swig of your Earl Grey if you spot any true car crashes.


6. The success story

Against all the odds. The pursuit of the ultimate dream. Triumph over adversity. Maybe in their back story video, some emotional music swells. Wipe those tears away and take a drink.


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BONUS DRINK: “But… But I was born to do this”

You’re not going to change Simon’s mind, pal. Quit while you’re ahead. STOP BEGGING.


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7. Someone going off the rails

Whoa, that contestant did NOT take failure well. Bonus drink if anyone gets restrained by security.

Or maybe even the judges, sometimes.


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BONUS DRINK: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Oh my God.”

Embarrassingly profuse gratitude. “Thank you, Sharon. Thank you, Louis. Thank you SO MUCH. THANK YOU.”


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8. Judge banter

Every time the judges have a little bit of a laugh amongst themselves. Simon slagging Louis, Sharon slagging everyone, Louis giggling.


We still miss you Simon! Come back! Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

9. Embarrassing interviews

After the judges deal out their verdicts, there’s always a little to-camera confessional or else a heart-to-heart with Dermot – where dreams are gushed or revenge promised.


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BONUS DRINK: “I won’t let you down, Louis! YOU WON’T REGRET THIS!”

We’ll see.


We’re seeing double! Eight Jedwards! Image: Photocall Ireland

So, how many things did you spot? Did you drink a lot of tea?

Remember, this is just for the early stages of The X Factor. Who knows, we might have to break out another game for the live shows…

Read: 8 things we’ll miss about Louis Walsh on The X Factor>

Read: Forgotten Irish reality TV stars: where are they now?>

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