PICTURES! The X Factor 2012 auditions hit Newcastle

Nicole Scherzinger (X Factor 2012)

It's Nicole Scherzinger's first day as the new X Factor UK judge today, as auditions hit Newcastle.

It's the penultimate stop for the auditions tour, before they move to Cardiff next week.

It'll be Nicole's first time at auditions as the new judge, after being officially announced on Friday by X Factor bosses.

However she's already joined Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa at try outs in London last month as a guest judge.

“I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family," Nicole said. "It's where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle."

She added: "I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”

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