PICTURES! X Factor 2016 auditions hit London and the ExCel

Here are a load of snaps from the London open day of The X Factor 2016 auditions.

Today was the first day of filming at the try outs for the new series as presenter Dermot O'Leary returned.

The hunky host told HUGE crowds at the ExCel centre that it had been a "nice holiday" away but was happy to be back.

Dermot replaces Olly Murs and Caroline Flack to front the new series although those queuing up to sing for producers had no idea who the judges this year would be.

Thousands of people from around the globe patiently waited in line for hours to sing, with those who impress this weekend being invited to perform for the panel later on in the summer.

So far ITV has not confirmed any names for this year's judges with Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Rita Ora and Nicole Schzeringer all said to be in the mix alongside Simon Cowell.

New reports out today have suggested that talks have experienced a few hiccups as Sharon's US TV commitments causes her scheduling issues while Nicole has apparently 'snubbed' Simon to instead in musical Cats.

We'll bring you all the latest from the new series before, during and after it hits our TV screens on ITV this autumn so stick with us!

For now, open auditions continue next Saturday in Manchester at EventCity. Turn up at 8AM and you'll be guaranteed to sing!

You can also apply online via video upload - see XFactor.ITV.com for all the details.

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