With two dates of this year's X Factor audition tour over it's already become clear that the show is suffering from a distinct lack of quality groups. The category has always been the hardest to fill and is the only one never to win the show, but some hopefuls tell TellyMix they think they can change the judges' minds...
While both us and the judges have been raving over some of this year’s contestants, the groups that have so far appeared on the show have a lot less to be desired.
At the Glasgow auditions earlier this week, Tulisa branded one group "outdated" while Gary blasted one member saying: "If you were my daughter I wouldn't have even let you come out the house today."
We previously reviled how the judges tried to split up one group called After the Rain, suggesting that lead singer Ashley returned to audition as a solo artist. He however refused and stuck with his pals - but it was a no for them all.
A mixed group called Lexington made up of three boys and two girls also auditioned, performing The Wanted's hit 'Gold Forever' and 'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz. Tulisa however critiised the group for being cheesy, comparing them to Steps while Gary called them "average". It was 0 for 2 in Scotland.
A show source told TellyMix: "The judges are quite concerned now. Gary [Barlow], Kelly [Rowland] and Tulisa [Contostavlos] all want to win on their first year and they're worried about being given the groups. Everyone is worried."
The source added: "If things don't improve there may not even be enough groups to bother jetting off with their mentor for judges' houses."
Looking to improve the numbers, it seems as though the panel are hard to work already forming groups from the soloists, with Kelly Rowland telling one male hopeful he'd work better in a group before putting him through.
Hoping to show the judges that there are at least some talented bands out there however are Geordie girl band Twisted. The four piece group from Newcastle - made up of Chrissie Pitt, Cheryl Moody, Katie Melissa Orrock and Paige Elizabeth Flahery - will be auditioning in Manchester on Sunday.
Also setting their sights on becoming the first non-soloist to win The X Factor are group Intrigue, the Manchester based trio told TellyMix: "[We’re] Looking forward to showing everybody what we’re all about."
Other acts taking to the stage in Manchester include duo Kendro and pretty petite pop singer Kay Buckley with her electric blue hair. Kay said: "Can't wait to kick up a storm this weekend. I've never wanted to be the nations little sweetheart, I want to be the nations little freak."