Auditions for The X Factor 2011 may only be half way through but already the girls category is said to be leading the field, with Take That star Gary Barlow saying it was already at an 'incredible level'. By far the most popular category, there have already been many potential winners amongst the hopefuls.
Fellow new judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland agreed with Gary, with Kelly saying that the competition between those put through was at a "serious level"
The competition between the girls is already so tough that the judges have become really picky with the singers they let through. Tulisa gave one good hopeful a no because she feared that other performers already put through would "blow her out of the water"
Some of the youngsters set to take the show by storm this year include a 17-year-old who previously tried out for the show in 2008 aged just 14.
The singer was originally given a no by then judge Cheryl Cole, over fears she was too young. The hopeful said: “It was really hard. I didn't feel I did well. I love to sing Whitney Houston but I'm a soul singer - I try to sing in my own style. Usually I can handle it, but in my audition, I went wonky in the middle."
This time around however the youngster received a full standing ovation from both the crowd and the judges with her covers of One Night Only and Only Girl In The World.
Another young performer we tip to do well is a 17-year-old who effortlessly belted out Queen's Somebody To Love at the Manchester auditions last week. Kelly Rowland said: "You really have a great gift, your voice filled the room."
Gary Barlow added: "I thought it was a fabulous audition."
An insider told us: "The girls are the definitely the ones to watch this year"