The X Factor 2011 auditions visited London's O2 Arena today for the first time in the shows history. The capital’s 20,000 capacity venue was packed full of fans as the new panel - Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh - kicked off a three day stay in the city.
Kelly Rowland went for a slim fitting orange dress whilst Tulisa opted for a lovely but short pink Vvienne Westwood number, a choice which seemed to hamper her ability to judge. As well as being close to exposing herself with the low cut top, the N-Dubz star also gave the audience more than they bargained for when she bent over to hug one contestant!
It's no wonder the singer complained about having a cold half way through the auditions.
New head judge Gary Barlow meanwhile apparently set a new record, becoming the first music star to perform at both The O2 and London's Wembley Stadium on the same day, with Take That's tour still in full swing as the auditions continue. Despite the tough schedule however Gary was still on top form as a big meanie!
"It sounded like a drunk singing," he told one hopeful, while blasting another with: "You're great to watch with the sound turned down."
But it wasn't all bad, the Take That star told a more successful auditionee: "There's one reason I took this job and it was to find amazing talent like you have."
Speaking previously, Gary had warned the wannabes: "It's going to take more than being a good singer in this competition, it really is, it's going to take drive and passion."
Other acts that turned up to this morning's session included a wife and husband who had both entered the show on their own as soloists and a duo who performed 'Freak Me' - which includes the lyrics "Let me lick you up and down" - for a more than slightly disturbed Kelly Rowland.
The X Factor 2011 auditions continue tomorrow in the London and the show returns to ITV1 in August.