X Factor 2015 auditions see age limit back up to 16

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The age limit of The X Factor 2015 auditions has risen back up to 16.

That's according to the newly launched auditions website, with applications for next year's show already been taken.

Those who want to apply must now be at least 16 on the 30th April 2015.

Last year saw the age limit for the series dropped back to 14 for the first time in five years, although just one of contestant in the live shows was younger than sixteen in the end.

During filming for the latest series, judge Cheryl clashed with Simon Cowell over the lowering of the limit.

Cheryl said of one young act: “I don’t think a 14-year-old needs that pressure on his shoulders. He’s got to do his GCSEs.”

Simon replied: “In Cheryl’s opinion anyone under the age of 16 shouldn’t be on this show.”

A source said at the time: "Cheryl thinks the most important thing for a 14-year-old to do is their schoolwork. In general, she is of the option the 14 is a bit too young.

“Simon knows there is lots of potential young talent and wants to widen the net. He is conscious of the fact that the younger singers need to be relaxed and not have too much pressure put on them.”

While Cheryl had a few acts in her category under 16 at judges' houses, she opted not to take any of them through to the live shows.

The X Factor 2015 will air on ITV later this year.

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