• New FX Star App gives fans the chance to appear in The X Factor ad breaks
  • Fans can perform to hits including Zara Larsson’s ‘Lush Life’ and Sigala’s ‘Give Me Your Love’
  • FX Star is available to download now

TalkTalk has today revealed the newest way for viewers to get a taste of stardom and star in The X Factor ad breaks.

The proud sponsors of The X Factor have launched a new app, called “FX Star”, which allows fans to create their own videos for the chance to star on national TV. Building on the growing popularity of filters, X Factor fans can now overlay animated filters on their image as they sing along to hit songs.


Filters available include:

  • Comic Book - Transforms singer’s face to look like a cartoon-style comic book illustration, complete with dots and bold colours
  • Party Paint – Singer’s face is instantly covered in glow in the dark face paint
  • Apple Head – Singer’s face is transformed into a larger than life big apple, in which dancing worms wriggle out from the apple to join in the video
  • Glam Rock - Massive 80s glam rock hair and makeup


As well as new visuals, viewers also have an array of hit singles to choose from. Songs available at launch include Zara Larsson’s top three hit ‘Lush Life,’ Sigala’s ‘Give Me Your Love’, and Birdy’s ‘Wild Horses’.

The best videos will be hand-picked to feature in The X Factor ad breaks on Saturday and Sunday nights from 27th August, and new filters and tracks will be added to FX Star throughout the series of The X Factor.

With 2016 marking TalkTalk’s tenth year as sponsors of The X Factor, it’s hoped that FX Star will continue to provide the feel good entertainment the X Factor ad breaks have become known for.

David Parslow, TalkTalk Marketing Director commented: “The TalkTalk X Factor ad breaks have become so iconic to the point where they’re almost synonymous with the show. Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of fans appear on TV, given away thousands of money-can’t buy prizes and delighted thousands of TalkTalk customers with tickets to the show – giving fans the chance to see their favourite acts, judges and presenters live in action.  

“This year’s FX Star is fun, current and entertaining. Like The X Factor, it celebrates the feel good moments that bring people together and is a chance for our customers, and fans of the show, to enjoy sharing and showcasing their inner pop star.”


How to star in the TalkTalk X Factor ad breaks:

Step 1: Download the FX Star app from the Apple App Store or Google Play 

Step 2: Select a filter

Step 3: Select a track

Step 4: Use your device’s camera to film yourself singing along to the track

Step 5: Submit your video for the chance to feature on TV during the X Factor ad breaks

Step 6: Share your video through social media


FX Star is available to download via the Apple App Store and Google Play now.



TalkTalk press contact: Maxine Sackey, maxine.sackey@talktalkplc.com – 020 3417 1969