Pictures: The X Factor judges arrive in Liverpool for this year's final auditions!

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The X Factor 2011 auditions come to a close this week as the UK's biggest television show visits Liverpool for the first time in its history! With thousands turning up at the Echo Arena on the shore of the Mersey, the judges arrived surprisingly on time for once as Tulisa Contostavlos celebrates her 23rd birthday.

The N-Dubz star already kicked off celebrations late last night with a "pre-party" along with the show's team and X Factor host Dermot O'Leary. Despite a late night a few drinks, Tulisa looked as immaculate as ever as she stepped out under the 'Liverpool Eye' for the latest day of tryouts.

This is the first time The X Factor has held auditions in Liverpool, with the city replacing auditions in Dublin, Ireland. The move comes after sister show Britain's Got Talent found success in the Northern city earlier this year.

A source said: "Hopefully The X Factor will uncover just as much talent as Britain's Got Talent did in January."


One act already tipped for stardom at the auditions is a Irish boy group, Element who have been compared to JLS. The five piece made up of Brook Wright, Karl Bowe, Dean Anthony, Simon Anthony and Kevin Johnston, will hope to impress the panel at the auditions later this afternoon.

In the battle of the style wars and, for us, it was a clear win for birthday girl Tulisa whose cute little red number went well with her plaited hair. Kelly Rowland meanwhile opted to show off her stunning legs with a short pair of Stella McCartney shorts, but sporting a huge pair of sunglasses just puts us off the whole look!

The pair's latest 'style war' comes as it's claimed Kelly and Tulisa are in a bitter bust up over their clothing budgets. “Even though they’re having a laugh about it to each other’s faces, behind closed doors there’s a proper style war going on,” a source blabbed

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Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow meanwhile continued to keep it casual, although we're a little disappointed that Gary decided to put his jacket back on after showing off his arms in a tight fitting shirt in London last week.

The X Factor 2011 auditions will end tomorrow as the panel return for the last day of auditions in the city and the last of this year's tour.

The X Factor will return to ITV1 later this summer.

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