X Factor 2013 to feature 'double auditions' as 8,000 turn up at London try outs


The X Factor 2013 will see a new double audition format, which started today as the open try outs kicked off in London.

Despite the cold, there were crowds a plenty at the first day of X Factor's open auditions at London's ExCel this morning.

Our spies say that close to 8,000 hopefuls showed up with some queuing from 5am to secure a spot to sing in front of producers with the hope of making it through to the next stage in the show where they will sing in front of the judges.

And this year, things are a bit different.

A format change to the show will see brand new double auditions with the return of the audition room as well as the arenas.

"The plan is to have the best of both worlds with regard to auditions," a source told us. "So the contestants will start with just the judges in an audition room.

"If they get through then they will go on to an auditorium. Bosses believe it will bring more warmth back to the show because they know how popular the audition rooms were with both contestants and the audience at home."

Of course just who the judges joining the budding performers in the rooms will be has still yet to be revealed.

It's widely expected now that Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger will all be back

Tulisa's seemingly been given the axe, but her replacement is far from certain, with both Mel B and Sharon Obsourne heavily rumoured.

The open auditions continue in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow this month. Judges auditions will take place later over summer.

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

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