According to reports just one singer turned up for the start of the mobile auditions in Colchester this week.
Tryouts where be in held at Red Lion Walk for budding performers to show off their vocal skills to producers.
However only one hopeful was there when doors open at 10 AM, compared to more than 100 who were up form 6 AM queuing last year.
While more people turned up throughout the day, only around 15 to 20 actually auditions at the venue.
One local complained: “I would like to think it was because the X Factor has lost its X Factor, not Colchester, but it was terribly promoted."
And to make matters worse, the one hopeful who did originally turn up was unsuccessful.
40-year-old Cher (no, not that one) said: “I was just walking past and saw it on the sign.
“At home I can sing brilliantly but it just didn’t happen here.
“I’m surprised no one else was here though. There aren’t any people, I just don’t understand. "
Fortunately for X factor bosses the turnouts elsewhere were a lot better, with over 500 hopefuls at yesterday's auditions in Hull and more than 100 at the Isle of Wight.
The mobile auditions will continue at locations across the country until April 1.
The X Factor 2013 will air on ITV later this year.