PICTURES! Mel B (and Jedward!) join The X Factor 2012 at Manchester auditions

X Factor 2012 judges Manchester

The X Factor 2012 auditions hit Manchester today with a new guest judge, as Mel B joined the panel.

The former Spice Girl met up with Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh at the city's EventCity arena, for the start of three days worth of try outs.

Mel is the latest in a string of guest judges to stand in at the auditions while bosses find a permanent replacement for Kelly Rowland.

Also on set today are former X Factor stars Jedward, who will be filling in for Olly Murs on the Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack.

Check out the pictures from the X Factor 2012 auditions in Manchester below...