PICTURES! X Factor 2015 auditions hit Manchester

Here's a look at The X Factor 2015 auditions in Manchester as a huge crowd of hopefuls turned out to sing.

There were reports of low turnouts at previous auditions but there was certainly no shortage of wannabes this weekend at the EventCity arena in Manchester.

Thousands queued up for hours in order to perform in a bid to sing for the judges later this year.

And on hand were new X Factor hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, making their first appearance on the show since it was confirmed last month they were taking over from Dermot O'Leary.

They chatted to the budding performers as they lined up to sing for producers, with Olly reacting to the huge crowds: "This is crazy!"

Those that make the cut now have a tense wait to find out if they'll be going before the panel in the summer.

As it stands the judges for the new series haven't been confirmed, with reports this morning that Louis Walsh has been axed.

However a spokesperson for the show has insisted that no decisions have been made yet and an official announcement will come "in due course".

For now, browse pictures from The X Factor 2015 auditions today in Manchester below...

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