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The long wait is finally over! Tonight (Tuesday, October 29) The X Factor returns to us! Tune into Fox at 8 p.m. to once again enjoy Mario Lopez’s shining face, Simon Cowell’s trademark snark, Demi Lovato’s real talk, Paulina Rubio’s flamboyant accessories, and Kelly Rowland’s spot-on sass. 

But why is the traditionally Wednesday/Thursday show coming back on a Tuesday? It's just one of the many wonky scheduling changes unique to this first week X Factor is back. Thanks, MLB World Series.

Tonight’s two-hour show will feature the Top 16 acts before the judges whittle the pool down to 12. The next night Wednesday, October 30 an encore of the previous night’s episode could be preempted by Game Six of the World Series. Then, on Halloween if there’s no MLB Game Seven, Fox is slated to air a brand new one-hour episode titled “Meet The Top 12 Finalists.” That’s three potential nights of The X Factor this week alone!

We’ll be back to the standard two nights a week starting Wednesday, November 6, as the contestants from each group Boys (Paulina), Girls (Demi), Over 25s (Kelly), and Groups (Simon) — vie for a spot on the two-part finale scheduled for December 18 and 19. It was so difficult for the judges to pick the best of the best during Four Chair, we can hardly imagine the tough choices ahead!

Are you excited for the show’s return or don’t mind the extra room in your TV viewing schedule? Sound off in the comments below.

Sources: Fox, The Futon Critic

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!