X Factor 2014: Cheryl Cole doesn't want teenagers on the show

Cheryl Cole (The X Factor 2014)

Cheryl Cole is apparently against the X Factor 2014's lower age limit.

For this series, for the first time since 2008, teenagers under the age of 16 can audition for the show.

A show source said at the time: "There’s a lot of talented 14 and 15-year-olds out there, so we thought let’s see what we get by widening the net."

But the controversial move has not gone down well with all of the judges as Cheryl seems to be against it.

She has been rejecting young acts and telling them to focus on their GCSEs instead, with X Factor boss Simon Cowell saying: "In Cheryl’s opinion anyone under the age of 16 shouldn’t be on this show."

A show source said of the pair's on stage row at this weekend's tryouts at the SSE Arena: "It did come up as an issue and they both made their views known. But I wouldn’t call it a clash.

"Simon feels very strongly that talented youngsters should get the chance to showcase their abilities."

A spokesman for The X Factor added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "The welfare of all contestants is our number one priority and we have stringent procedures in place relating to young contestants who take part."

The X Factor judges are currently in Wembley for the arena rounds of this year's auditions.

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