X Factor 2013 'scouting professional singers' for auditions

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2013)

X Factor 2013 boss Simon Cowell is reportedly after professional signers on this year's show.

Auditions for the new series are currently underway, and producers have apparently asked record labels and music managers to put forward their acts for the show.

Last year saw the rules regarding managed acts relaxed, allowing groups such as Union J - who already had a manager - to audition for the series.

A source told The Sun this week: "The system was successful last year and they're hoping to find more acts this way [this year]."

Open try outs for the new series started in London earlier this month and visited Birmingham at the weekend.

The open auditions continue in Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow this month, with the judges auditions taking place later over summer.

But just which faces will be judging this year's singers is still up in the air.

The audition stage has already seen some confirmed changes, with the live audience ditched in favour of more intimate tryouts.

The panel is also set to see a mix up and Sharon Osborne is tipped to join the show again.

An insider claimed last week: "Simon is adamant Sharon will be back and they have been in serious talks for a while.

"She was a brilliant charge on the show from 2004 until 2007, and Simon knows the public love her no nonsense attitude, which is what the show that last year. He wants another battery on the panel for controversy."

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