X Factor 2014 will be 'serious' says Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2013)

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has encouraged singers to apply to this year's series.

The music mogul told budding performers that this year's show would be taken "very seriously" after three years of rather disappointing line ups of talent.

In a late night Twitter session, Simon wrote in the early hours of this morning: "The last time I appeared on X factor uk it resulted in over 45 million record sales. So I decided last year to return home to the uk show."

He added: "And to anyone considering applying for X factor this year. Do it. We are taking this year very seriously. It's all about the talent"

Try outs for the show will begin soon and if you want to audition you must be sixteen years of age or over by the 16th of March, 2014

Groups and soloists are once again welcome to apply and beyond the age limit, there's little other conditions.

Any singer from any background can try out, by either applying online and uploading a video or in person at an open audition day.

> X Factor 2014 auditions: Apply for the XFactor UK now!

Meanwhile, the reserve list to be in the audience for the show is already open.

Head over to Applause Store now to sign up to be told about tickets.

Last year bosses ditched the first round of arena auditions in favour of a return to the judges' rooms, with a second audition in front of an audience for those who had three or more yeses.

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