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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

X Factor auditions begin in Glasgow


The X Factor judges arrived in Glasgow today for the first round of auditions for the new series. As previously announced Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger will be returning to the judging panel alongside Sharon Osbourne who left the series in 2007. On his Twitter page show host Dermot O'Leary posted the first picture of the four judges together.


In the first of an exciting range of new changes for the 10th series of The X Factor, hopefuls will - for the first time ever - have to tackle two sets of auditions.  First, they will face the judges eyeball to eyeball in an intimate audition room.

If they receive three or more yeses here they will then have to perform for the judges once more, this time in an arena, to prove they can also impress an audience before securing a coveted place at the next stage in the competition.

Speaking of the new series, Simon Cowell says: "Three words I never thought I'd say.... Welcome back Sharon!"

Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV says: “We're delighted to confirm our fantastic panel, who will bring an incredible combined wealth of experience to our 10th series of The X Factor. I know I speak for all of us when I say we're looking forward to bringing viewers a brilliant series this autumn."

Speaking of her return Sharon Osbourne says:  “I couldn’t be happier about coming back for the 10th anniversary of X factor.  I can’t wait to give Gary Barlow a big hug, sit next to the gorgeous Nicole, and of course throw water on dear Louis. Yay!”

With 20 years in the music industry, Gary Barlow is one of Britain’s most successful and respected singer songwriters. Commenting on the forthcoming series, he says: “It's great to be back for the 10-year anniversary of X Factor and my third year with the show. This year is looking to be our best yet! To have a winner like James Arthur last year was a big game changer; I really hope that his authenticity and credibility will attract acts of a similar talent this series and I'm very excited about that.”

After winning viewers over with her enthusiasm, energy and her triumphant victory with James Arthur last year, global pop superstar Nicole Scherzinger is hoping to make it a double victory this year. Speaking about the new series she says: “I had so much fun and such a great experience on the show last year – it far exceeded all my expectations! I always give 110% to all I do and I put everything else on hold to focus on X Factor and supporting my Scherzy boys. This year, now that I’ve worked out doing my new music and the show together, I am so excited to get back to the UK, my second home, and get stuck into X Factor 2013!”

And renowned music manager Louis Walsh cements his role on the panel with a record 10th series. Talking of his longevity, Louis says: “I'm back with a vengeance! Ten years on and I'm just as thrilled to be involved in the best show on TV and even more delighted to be re-united with original judge Sharon Osbourne. Let the fun and games commence!”

Much loved host, Dermot O’Leary says: “We’ve got a great line-up this year, and Mrs O is always a riot and a brilliant mentor, it should be fun.”  

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