3 singers turned up to the latest X Factor auditions yesterday

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The X Factor's mobile auditions failed to attract numbers in Chelmsford yesterday (Wednesday).

Try outs were in the Essex city at the High Chelmer shopping centre but local newspaper the Essex Chronicle reports that the X Factor team "were left red faced" with only three hopefuls queuing up to sing.

The newspaper says that were just the handful of budding performers turned up to the latest try outs.

The X Factor's mobile auditions are a relatively new way to audition for The X Factor, first brought in during the 2012 series, and allow people to sing for the production team face to face.

Contestants line up and enter a booth where they'll fill out a short application before performing.

Those that impress may be invited to a callback later in the year to sing for the judges and could well go on to WIN the series: James Arthur's first audition for The X Factor was at the mobile try outs in Middlesbrough in 2012.

In response to the low turnout at Chelmsford, show bosses pointed out that most people now audition online, where you can upload a video of yourself singing, and the new series has already had "tens of thousands" of applications.

There are also the main open auditions in cities such as London and Manchester still to come sometime next month.

The X Factor spokeswoman explained: "Tens of thousands of people have already applied for the X Factor this year before we have even announced the locations for our main, open auditions, which start next month.

"The auditions in Chelmsford were part of our mobile auditions, which is a small, local tour taking place across the UK designed to allow budding artists to try out in towns and cities where the larger open auditions tour doesn't reach."

You can view the X Factor mobile audition dates here or apply online HERE.

The X Factor will be back on ITV later this year.

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