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Strictly vs X Factor: Were you watching?

Strictly hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daley and the X Factor logo

Reality TV shows Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor went head to head in a battle for ratings on Saturday night.

Both shows get massive audiences, but lots of fans had to choose which to watch as they were both on at the same time.

So which, if either, of the shows were you watching? And if you're able to, which one did you record to watch later?

Do you like watching celebs trying out their fancy footwork on the dance floor, or is picking potential stars from the wannabes on X Factor more your thing?

Maybe you're sick of reality TV and wishing there was something else on TV instead?

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Your comments

"I think that it is unfair because some children like both but if they come on at the same time it is a very hard decision."

N, 10, London, England

"I love X Factor, I find strictly boring. Sorry Strictly."

Ellie, 13, Doncaster, England

"I love the X Factor."

Sophie, 10, England

"I've liked both for a long time. But I'm a bit disappointed with Strictly this year. I always watch X Factor for the auditions."

Emma, 13, England

"I watch Strictly because I think it's more interesting."

Marte, 10, Kent, England

"I watched Strictly and recorded X Factor because I love them both!"

Charlotte, 10, England

"I prefer the X Factor because I think that it's really funny. You don't have to be famous to go on it. Celebs get enough TV time without going on other shows as well!"

Callan, 12, Northern Ireland

"X Factor because it is so funny, but my dad's mate is on Strictly Come Dancing."

Laurel, 11, London, England

"I like X Factor because it's funnier."

Lisa, 10, West Midlands, England

"I watched Strictly, only because my mum wanted to watch."

Emma, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"My mum and I always watch X Factor because it's really good. But we record Strictly and watch it the next day so we don't have to miss either!"

Alice, 12, Northampton, England

"I prefer X Factor. I like to watch the audience because they have load of terrible acts and they make me laugh."

Keir, 11, Wolverhampton, England

"The X Factor is probably more entertaining but I think it does make fun of people too much and is quite repetitive. I prefer it to Strictly because dancing doesn't appeal to most boys and a lot of girls but loads more people can enjoy X Factor."

Sian, 10, Kent, England

"I like them both but I watch Strictly Come Dancing!!!"

Willamina, 9, London, England

"I watched X Factor because I don't like dancing. It gives me stitches. I like singing."

Eimear, 10, Kildare, Ireland

"I think it is silly what they have done. I bet they`ve done it on purpose because they want more people to watch Strictly Come Dancing than X Factor."

Courteney, 10, Oldham, England

"X Factor is better for children."

Georgia, 10, Tyne and Wear, England

"The X Factor makes people's dreams come true! You don't have to be famous to be on it."

Kayleigh, 9, Tyne and Wear, England

"I think X Factor is the best! Cheryl is amazing!! Strictly is kind of boring!"

Emma, 12, Somerset, England

"I don't like Strictly Come Dancing."

Chloe, 10, Tyne and Wear, England

"I think the X Factor is the best."

Alanna, 13, Scotland

"I love the X Factor and I hate Strictly Come Dancing!"

Emily, 14, Scotland

"I think X Factor is so much better because it's so funny with people going on thinking they can sing and they can't! And they make a big fool out of themselves."

Sarah Jayne, 13, Yorkshire, England

"X Factor is the best, it is full of action and laughter."

Toluwani, 10, Wiltshire, England

"I like them both. I prefer to watch Strictly now but before the X Factor changed I preferred the X Factor!"

Lydia, 13, Lancashire, England

"I love both of them. The X Factor is the best and so is Strictly."

Rachel, 11, London, England

"I watch X Factor all the time when it's on! It's much better than Strictly!"

Kayleigh, 11, Manchester, England

"I was watching X Factor, I think it's more interesting than Strictly."

Tash, 11, Surrey, England

"I will be watching the X Factor as it is my favourite show. I have seen every series and Cheryl Cole is my fave judge, followed by Danni. I will record Strictly Come Dancing as I like it as well and I have seen every series of that too."

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"My house is completely X Factor - all the way!"

Holly, 13, Brighton, England

"Strictly isn't my family's kind of thing. We watch X Factor every week!"

Sadia, 11, Coventry, England

"I hate both of them, in fact, I hate reality TV. It's so gullible and is always the same, people competing against each other when they are never talented."

Jade, 11, London, England

"I watched Strictly until X Factor started, then during the adverts I watched Strictly again!"

Lara, 13, Surrey, England

"Strictly is way better than X Factor. Especially since Alesha came on. She rocks!!"

Jodie, 12, North Yorkshire, England

"I watch X Factor - I think it's much more fun and it's funny sometimes watching the way people sing."

Pippa, 11, Telford, England

"I watch both X Factor and Strictly. I watch Strictly because I like watching it live, it is magical."

Amy, 12, Worcestershire, England

"I prefer watching X Factor rather than Strictly because to be honest, Strictly is kind of boring!"

Joseph, 13, London, England

"I want to watch both of them at the same time!!"

Bobalina, 13, Blackburn, England

"I had to watch Strictly because my mum was watching it. Personally, I would've preferred to watch The Simpsons!

William, 10, South Yorkshire, England

"I think X Factor was better because Strictly Come Dancing is for grown ups. I like to watch X Factor with a nice cup of tea."

Liam, 12, Suffolk, England

"I am normally going to watch Strictly and record X Factor but I wish I could watch them both live."

Julia, 12, England

"I watch the X Factor because I think it is more interesting than watching people dance."

Eleanor, 9, England

"Strictly is so much better it gets more drama, more moves, better celebs and more competitive every year."

George, 9, Buckinghamshire, England

"The X Factor!"

Paul, 11, Wales

"I like X Factor best, I haven't even watched Strictly once. I love the judges, especially Cheryl, Louie and Simon who is funny."

Ella, 11, Kent, England

"I would watch X Factor but I'm always out on Saturday nights so I never do."

Sophie, 13, Bedfordshire, England

"Not many children watch Strictly Come Dancing. It's a kind of adult programme."

Gabriella, 8, UK

"I was watching X Factor as I much prefer it but I don't see why everyone is so worried about them clashing. They're just TV shows!!!"

Hannah, 13, Scotland

"I hate Strictly, X Factor rules. I mean singing is a lot better than dancing."

Caitlin, 11, Midlands, England

"I think that X Factor is better than Strictly Come Dancing."

Aicha, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I watched X Factor because I don't really like Strictly Come Dancing. I only like it because of Joe Calzaghe."

Max, 9, Doncaster, England

"I think that Strictly should not be on our screens and X Factor should be on forever."

Waseem, 12, Manchester, England

"I was watching The X Factor and when the adverts came on my dad put on Strictly Come Dancing - it was so boring! Picking potential stars from the X Factor is more my thing!"

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"I was watching X Factor, as always! I have only watched one episode of Strictly Come Dancing, which was in 2005!!"

Kitty, 14, Crawley, England

"I watch X Factor but I do like Strictly. It's OK, but I prefer singing to dancing."

Kirsty, 12, Surrey, England

"To be honest with you, I think they are both boring. Shows like Strictly or X Factor are fun for the contestants, but after the first couple of shows, they start to get boring to the viewers."

Rose, 13, Hemel Hempstead, England

"X Factor is much better because I don't like Alesha as a judge, so I watched X Factor instead!"

Anna, 9, County Down, N. Ireland

"It's not fair because Strictly starts early and X Factor starts at bedtime - Strictly is for adults and X Factor is mostly for kids."

Femi, 9, London, England

"I think Strictly is a mind-numbing celebrity-orientated way to make money by the BBC and The X Factor is part of the human need to watch nutty people's dreams being crushed."

Kim, 13, London, England

"I love both shows but watch X Factor on TV with my family because we ALL like it. Only I like Strictly."

Rebecca, 14, Jersey, UK

"I used to watch Strictly and watch The X Factor repeated the next day, but I think Strictly gets a bit boring so I just watch X Factor instead."

Cerys, 10, Leicestershire, England

"X Factor is better because the people in Strictly are already famous - but X Factor can change an ordinary person's life."

Zara, 10, London, England

"I prefer X Factor. It is more of a family show, but my mum watches Strictly. Luckily, we have Sky, so we can watch one and record the other."

Anna, 10, Warwick, England

"I'd rather X Factor than Strictly. I find Strictly boring - the only dances I like are the fast ones."

Emily, 12, Nottinghamshire, England

"Cheryl is my fave judge and Olivia, my best friend, loves Louis Walsh, that's why she watches it!"

Sade, 10, London, England

"I think X Factor is a million times better than Strictly!"

Ellis, 11, Staffordshire, England

"I would rather watch X Factor than Strictly Come Dancing because they just spin round the room!"

Toni, 12, Tyne and Wear, England

"You are lucky! I don't get to watch either of them... how unfair!? I love X Factor, but the only time I get to watch it is when my dad is at work or I go to my best mate's house!"

Chloe, 12, Lower Saxony, Germany

"I was watching the X Factor but it wasn't the programme I wanted to watch... It was because my sister wanted to watch it - I wanted to watch Strictly!"

Adam, 12, West Midlands, England

"I think that the X Factor is amazingly better than Strictly Come Dancing!"

Georgina, 12, Nottinghamshire, England

"I love the X Factor but my mum keeps on watching boring Strictly and I hate that Strictly is always put on when X Factor is on."

Elia, 10, London, England

"Strictly Come Dancing is so CHEESY. Honestly, I can't believe how other people can watch it and not puke! X Factor ROCKS!"

Chantay, 14, Cardiff, Wales

"I watch the X Factor! In my opinion, Strictly Come Dancing is soooo boring and I think the dancing they do is so weird!... I think the show was designed for old people and that the X Factor is the best!"

Amy, 12, Inverness, Scotland

"I love the X Factor but I like Strictly Come Dancing..."

Mollie, 10, Bristol, England

"I think that Strictly is way better. The amount of effort that goes into it - and the judges are brill!"

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Definitely X Factor!!"

Jessica, 13, Manchester, England

"I did not watch either of the programmes as I feel that both of them are boring and stupid."

Joe, 12, West Midlands, England

"I love The X Factor!!"

Imagene, 12, Kent, England

"X Factor is better! It has the funniest auditions and Cheryl is my fave judge. I love the X Factor, but I don't like Strictly."

Laura, 10, Warwickshire, England

"We personally love X Factor but sometimes they show really rubbish people and it makes the show less exciting and entertaining to watch. Strictly is quite boring but can be quite entertaining if the celebs are good."

Oli, Becca, Emma and Sara, 12-13, Manchester, England

"Strictly. X Factor is boring now."

Lara, 9, London, England

"Strictly is much better than X Factor, obviously!"

Rebecca, 10, Lancashire, England

"I like both of them but I like X Factor more because of the fabulous judges."

Aneeqah, 10, London, England

"Strictly is so boring! X Factor is great. Plus Cheryl and Dannii's outfits are amazing."

Kathryn, 13, Yorkshire, England

"I'd watch X Factor. But now the auditions are over it's kind of boring. They're the best bit."

Rosie, 13, Cheshire, England

"The X Factor is best but I most certainly don't have it! My parents and I hate Strictly, it is so boring!"

Abby, 11, Shrewsbury, England

"I don't think the two shows should clash in the first place but personally I would watch Strictly. The people know what they're doing and I really enjoy dancing!"

Revati, 12, London, England

"STRICTLY FOREVER! X Factor is really annoying because Simon is really rude and mean and the people who go on it are weird, the bad ones I mean."

Kayla, 11, Birmingham, England

"X FACTOR - it is hilarious and all the judges are so funny!"

Rachael, 14, London, England

"I think that X Factor is better because it is more exciting."

Rebecca, 8, Doncaster, England

"X Factor definitely. Strictly is so rubbish, all they do is dance but the X Factor is well funny."

Megan, 11, Scotland

"As much as I like Brucie and like doing funny impressions of him, the X Factor is brilliant."

Huw, 12, Wales

"I think X Factor is better because you can do anything on that but on Strictly you can only dance."

Sara, 11, Lancashire, England

"I watched X Factor because there are some funny things on there and also dancing is so boring."

Tom, 11, Bristol, England

"My mum and I just kept flicking channels - we'd watch an X Factor audition or two, then flick over to Strictly to see a dance. I wish they were on at different times."

Alexa, 13, Devon, England

"I don't like either of them."

Megan, 14, Leeds, England

"I will be watching X Factor mostly, but some Strictly!!!"

Rachel, 10, Reading, England

"I always have to go upstairs and watch X Factor while mum and dad watch Strictly - but my dad will often come upstairs a few times to watch clips of X Factor."

Catherine, 14, Devon, England

"I think both of the programmes are great to watch but the X Factor is more likely for me because I like listening to music more than watching dancing. I still think it is good though."

Amy, 8, Yorkshire, England

"I watched the X Factor because Strictly is an old people's show and it's so boring!!"

Brooke, 11, USA

"I will watch both of them because I can watch The X Factor on the computer."

Cara, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I don't like either of them because there's just too much music and it only comes on when I am breaking my fast."

Polly, 12, Surrey, England

"X Factor, because we think that watching people sing is better than people dancing around in shiny outfits. Strictly Come Dancing is for people who like dancing and X Factor is for people who like singing."

Evie and Sophie, 11, Norwich, England

"I am a big X Factor fan because Strictly is way too boring!"

Chanelle, 14, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

"The X Factor definitely! Because Strictly is so boring and the X Factor is funny, whereas Strictly is not at all funny! Also, people on the X Factor are normal people like us and are trying to chase their dream."

Olivia, 12, England

"Deffo Strictly. I think Len needs his eyes testing though as Martina was way better than Rav. I am recording the X Factor because it is a good show, but if you record it you can skip the ads."

Rachel, 12, Hampshire, England

"If I had to pick it would probably be Strictly because it is more colourful and maybe entertaining, and because I go dancing."

Lucy, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"Strictly is boring. Ballroom and X Factor have entertainment and humour."

Chinzupe, 10, London, England

"I watched the X Factor, it was sooo much better. I watched a bit of Strictly but it was boring."

Beth, 10, Cheshire, England

"I watched X Factor because Strictly I could watch either on the repeat or BBC iPlayer."

Rochelle, 13, London, England

"X Factor all the way!!"

Emma, 12, Tyrone, Northern Ireland

"I love both. I watch Strictly Come Dancing first, because that's live, and I record X Factor to watch later!!!"

Grace, 10, London, England

"I will be watching X Factor definitely but I will record Strictly."

Amandeep, 13, Bedfordshire, England

"I would watch X Factor but my parents watch Strictly. Grrrrrr :("

Susie, 11, Great Missenden, England

"The X Factor was the auditions and you see the weirdest people - that's really funny.""

Beth, 10, Winsford, England

"I will be watching the X Factor!!!!!! woop woop! I don't really like Strictly Come Dancing! booo hiss! lol! "

Ellie, 13, Grantham, England

"X Factor all the way because anybody can go on it, but on Strictly you have to be a celebrity - but I still like it."

Sara, 11, Middlesbrough, England

"I will definitely be watching Strictly. Bruce is so funny and I've been watching it since series one!"

Abbie, 13, Sheffield

"I will be watching Strictly but I will be watching X Factor later on when the auditions have finished as I find it more interesting near the end."

Jessica, 11, Ottery St Mary, England

"THE X FACTOR because I think Strictly is for older people like Grans and Granpas. I mean seriously - don't you?!?!"

Jude, 9, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I will so be watching Strictly Come Dancing. It is much more entertaining."

Sam, 9, Surrey, England

"I will be watching X Factor and recording Strictly."

Ellie, 13, Essex, England

"I watched X Factor last night. I think Strictly Come Dancing would have been better to watch."

Louisa, 8, Waterlooville

"DEFINITELY Strictly! I love Strictly and loathe X Factor... Strictly is a family show and X Factor's rubbish - it's basically just adverts!"

Ellie, 10, Hinchley Wood, England

"I watched Strictly! It's way better than X Factor because it's real professionals, celebs who've trained really hard and the outfits are lovely! Not silly people who think they're the best at singing! And X Factor is so predictable about whether they'll be good or not, if they do a big long intro with piano music they're gonna get through! And Bruce is awesome! lol"

Eve, 10, Chester, England

"None! I HATE reality TV! It's rubbish!!!"

Edwina, 14, England

"Definitely Strictly. X FACTOR is all about money, whereas strictly is good."

Katie, 12, Warrington, England

X FACTOR all the way!!! Strictly Come Dancing is way too old fashioned and much less entertaining!!!

Maddy, 12, Uckfield, England

"I watched X Factor because Strictly is just people dancing - that's boring. The X Factor was the auditions and you see the weirdest people - that's really funny."

Chloe, 10, Leigh, England

"X Factor for sure. It's the best by far!!!!!!! Because with X Factor, it's not just celebs, you get the really rubbish people too!!"

Ella, 11, Surrey, England

"I will definitely be watching Strictly for the first few weeks. Then when it's the finals I will miss Strictly and watch X Factor."

Megan, 11, Reigate, England

The comments below were sent to Newsround before the shows were on air.

"Strictly! X Factor will be taped! Strictly is better!"

Belle, 10, Kent, England

"NONE! They are both rubbish and a waste of television. We need more family dramas on our screens!"

Rebecca, 12, Manchester, England

"Most DEFINITELY Strictly. I love Brucey and I can't STAND X Factor. The only thing I can't stand on Strictly is Craig (hee hee) and that they have got rid of Arleen :( She was my favourite. Oh, I also do ballroom and I can do a Latin. SIGN ME UP!"

Laura, 11, Huddersfield, England

"I am deffo watching X Factor because it's more funny, and I love watching all the rubbish people!!"

Thea, 13, London, England

"Meh, neither. We're doing something else tonight. But at least I can watch Merlin now!"

Ben, 11, UK

"X Factor definitely. In my opinion no talent show can beat X Factor or Britain's Got Talent."

Vicki, 12, Scotland

"I will watch the X Factor and I will record Strictly. But if I didn't have Sky+ I would watch the X Factor!"

Jessica, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"I will so be watching Strictly Come Dancing. It is much more structured and X Factor is just a bunch of adverts with a few songs in it."

Sapphire, 11, Primrose Hill

"I think Strictly is the best because it's all about dancing."

Ellie-Mae, 7, Leicester, England

"I will probably be watching Strictly Come Dancing even though I prefer X Factor. It isn't as good with the audience!!!"

Olivia, 10, Clevedon, England

"X FACTOR ALL THE WAY. I don't like Strictly - it's so boring! But Simon is right! They should put it on so people can watch both, so it's fair on both shows and us at home."

Jasmin, 12

"I would definitely be watching X Factor!!!!!! I'm not so keen on Strictly."

Lauren, 11, Blackpool, England

"X Factor definitely! Much better than Strictly Come Dancing!

Lucy, 11, Chiswick, England

"I LOATHE the X Factor. I can't understand why people want to watch it's rubbish I think. It has a very bad atmosphere and it's like some sort of freak show in a way. I'll be watching Strictly as the atmosphere is much more welcoming."

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"I will watch Strictly but record X Factor with my handy Sky+ as X Factor has adverts that I can forward!!"

Alice, 12 (almost 13), England

"Personally it doesn't affect me as I don't have TV. Strictly gets watched on iPlayer after, and X Factor auditions on Youtube."

John, 11, Warwick, England

"X Factor for definite, the whole family watches it..."

Rhianna, 12, London, England

"I don't know which I'll be watching, if any at all, because I'm going to a sleepover tonight! I'll be taping Strictly though!"

Hannah, 13, Oswestry, England

"I don't really like Strictly Come Dancing so I don't really mind if both of the TV shows are on at the same time. I just prefer the X Factor."

Razir, 11, Middlesex, England

"I will be watching Strictly Come Dancing and recording the X Factor :)"

Ellie, 11, Cwmbran, Wales

"I will watch Strictly Come Dancing, as I find it more interesting. I don't really like the X Factor anyway."

Anne, 12, London, England

"Strictly all the way ;) It's the best show EVA!!! Am I the only one who likes it! PPl normally think it's all about borin' 'Old People' dancing, but it's not."

Claudia, 11, Sandbach, UK

"I watch a bit of both!"

Ashlia, 9, Rochester, England

"I can't record programmes so I'm kind of stuck at the moment. Hopefully I can watch a bit of both and then watch the replays (if there are replays that is)."

Aianna, 12, Birmingham, England

"Well, I have to watch X Factor. Most of my friends record Strictly and watch it later!"

Hanna, 8, London, England

"I would rather watch X Factor because you get the odd people who are bad but some people have voices like angels and I would rather listen to that than watch celebs dancing."

Nessie, 13, Wigan, England

"Why not record one and watch the other."

Holly, 8, Othery, UK

"Strictly :) X Factor is pointless. Only the last five minutes are good, not bothered that they are on at the same time."

Charis, 13, England

"X Factor!! All the way!! First few weeks of strictly are boring anyway. These are also the last auditions - the best bit!"

Becca, 14, Dunstable, England

"X Factor! But can't you watch the other shows online. Like on BBC iPlayer?"

Helen, 13, Deptford, England

"I HATE the X factor. SCD is much better. I wouldn't be caught dead watching the X Factor. "

Chloe, 11, Loire Valley, France

"To be honest, I'll be watching X Factor because Strictly is just ballroom dancing. I prefer modern dancing."

Miranda, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I'm not going to watch either but if I had to I would watch X Factor."

Zoe, 11, Kensington

"I think I will be watching the X Factor. Sorry Strictly but X Factor has got my vote!"

Elle, 11, Brighton, England

"Um to be honest it doesn't affect me if X Factor is on the same time as Strictly Come Dancing because I am not interested in Strictly Come Dancing only X Factor."

Bethan, 12, Swansea, Wales

"I'm watching X Factor with my sister Evie."

Lily-Mae, 8, Bilsby, England

"I always watch X Factor, because I don't like Strictly Come Dancing. Loads of my friends record Strictly to watch it later!"

Skye, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I will so be watching X Factor. It rocks."

Daisy, 11, Essex, England

"I would have said I'd be watching Strictly Come Dancing, but it's gone downhill a lot since last year from what I can see. I'll probably record Strictly and watch the X Factor."

Izzi, 13, Essex, England

"I will be watching the X Factor because I prefer it."

David, 10, London, England

"I have Sky+ so I record them but sometimes it is enjoying."

Natasha, 8, London, England

"I will be watching X Factor as it is so funny and fun to watch!!!!"

Rebecca, 12, Aberdeen, Scotland

"X Factor got there first Strictly should move their program."

Kathryn, 11, Hatherleigh, UK

"I will be watching X Factor as I LOVE it :D x"

Daniella, 11, Bristol, England