X Factor judge Louis Walsh was said to be "really, really nervous" today as The X Factor 2011 auditions continued in Cardiff. Making his first public appearance since allegations against him of indecent assault, Louis told fans how he had experienced "a week from hell" - but the Irish music mogul was quickly back to normal as auditions began.
"It's not a no, it's a never!" he blasted one Welsh hopeful, whilst joking with another auditionee who had travelled from Ireland: "Where are you form again, Dublin? It's a yes from me!"
The panel are in the Welsh capital for only a day but with the sun shining (for once!) thousands of fans flocked to the city centre of Cardiff at the Motorpoint Internaitonal Arena for the day of auditions.
The audience were quick to get behind a perhaps down in the dumps Louis, chanting his name as he, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland took their positions at the judges' desk for what was to be an eventful afternoon.
In the style stakes and it was a clear win for Kelly Rowland in our view, wearing a sleak and summery orange dress with heels that had one auditionee gasp in horror! Tulisa meanwhile opted for a futuristic black outfit, completed with a silver belt.
The audition show started with a Welsh quoir before the judges threw off their gloves as they got feisty arguing over the hopefuls on stage infront of them. "I'm not going ot be bullied into making a decision," Louis ranted at his fellow panelists at one point.
Head judge Gary Barlow meanwhile wanted to make it clear that this year's show would be different. "Simon's not here any more, it's us you have to impress," he warned the wannabes.
As always there was a mixed bag of high qaulity talent, no hopers and more than a couple of acts who split the judges, the good bits of which will be shown when The X Factor 2011 airs later this summer.
The X Factor 2011 returns to screens on ITV this August.