X Factor 2013 auditions to ditch the live audience and go 'back to basics'

X Factor fans

The X Factor 2013 auditions will go back to basics this year as the audience is ditched in favour of more simple try outs.

According to the Daily Mirror, producers have decided to ditch the arena auditions in favour of seeing the contestants perform in front of the judges alone.

Originally brought in back in 2009, the glitzy arena try outs saw hopefuls sing in front of not only the panel but a huge crowd of up to 5,000 fans.

They were also allowed backing tracks, whereas the original auditions saw the wannabes sing acapella for the judges.

An X Factor source claimed today: “Some of the best moments ever on the show happened in those intimate auditions in front of the judges so we want to bring that back.

“Bigger isn’t always better and we hope to get more interaction with the judges and more poignant moments this way."

They added: “There is also less pressure on singers in their first audition which could bring out the best and some new singers who were scared of auditioning in arenas.”

But the audience won't be going away completely, they'll be invited to watch the bootcamp and of course the live shows as usual.

The insider claimed: “We are getting the best of both worlds and singers can take confidence from their first audition when they go out on stage in front of the crowd.”


The news comes as The X Factor UK open auditions begin in London today.

Wannabe singers should be at the city's ExCel centre this morning from 9AM to try out for the show.

> X Factor auditions 2013: Open audition dates and venues revealed

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