The X Factor 2011 auditions to be held at London's O2 Arena for the first time

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Live auditions in front of the judges will be held at London's huge O2 Arena for the very first time, it has been revealed. In previous years the London auditions have been held at the much smaller ExCel exhibition centre. The move could see up to 20,000 fans watch the auditionees, if the venue is used to full capacity.

Other locations for this year's auditions include arenas in Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow.

Following the success of Britain's Got Talent in the city, for the first time ever this year The X Factor will audition in Liverpool - seeing hopefuls perform to huge crowds at the Liverpool Echo Arena in June.

The live auditions will take place in front of an as yet unnamed panel.

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