X Factor's room auditions have been axed from this year's series... again.
The first stage of the audition process was the way all hopefuls started out back from the first episodes through until 2009 when they were first cut in favour of Britain's Got Talent style arena try outs.
However in 2013 they returned for the tenth series as part of a 'double audition' format: Hopefuls would sing for the judges first in the smaller rooms before going on to perform again in the arenas ahead of making bootcamp.
Now it's been reported that show producers have once again decided to get rid of the room auditions and instead focus more on the arena performances.
“Simon always preferred the big arenas for the auditions as he likes having the audience there as a fifth judge," a source said today. “The X Factor isn’t just about vocals – it’s about how you perform and entertain a crowd, so it makes sense to go back to the arenas and everyone on the show agrees."
The insider added to The Sun newspaper: “Simon said there would be changes this year and he is determined to make this one of the best years ever.
“Viewing figures weren’t bad last series, but they weren’t up to his high standards, so he is going to do everything he can to put that right.”
We're a bit disappointed as the room auditions have always been a great part of The X Factor although the double audition format of the past two years was a bit of a mess.
We'd quite often see acts impress in the rooms but then seemingly disappear at the arena auditions, or vice versa.
Last year's runner up Fleur East was one act who appeared out of nowhere with her room audition having never aired other than as a brief flashback in a VT for the final.
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