By James Hibberd
August 05, 2011 at 05:14 PM EDT

Fox just released its full schedule for The X Factor, breaking down all the different portions of the show and when they will air.

OK, X Factor premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 (though you probably knew that already). The show’s performance Boot Camp (contestants face a panel of judges and audience) begins on Oct. 5. Those that make it through will be placed in four groups (young guys, young girls, older singers and groups). Then producers will assign each judge to mentor a category (the release says producers will “surprise” the judges with these choices, but does anybody really buy that producers will order Simon Cowell to mentor a category he doesn’t want?).

The remaining contestants will go to the “judges homes” on Oct. 12 (the quotes are in the release, so it’s unclear if each are really the judges residences). Finalists will be revealed Oct. 25 and will have their first live performance show on Nov. 2. So there you go. Meanwhile, the X Factor judges are getting ready to take the stage here at the TV critics press tour in Beverly Hills, so look for a post on that soon.