X Factor 2016: Dermot O'Leary gives out hugs and selfies at Manchester auditions

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Dermot O'Leary looks to be enjoying himself as host of The X Factor once again.

The hunky TV presenter was in Manchester this morning for the latest round of open auditions for the new series.

Dermot is back on the show this year having had a "nice holiday" in 2015 when Olly Murs and Caroline Flack took over.

Dermot puckers up for a selfie
Dermot puckers up for a selfie

And it seems as though Dermot's got right back into the swing of things as he met contestants at Manchester's EventCity this weekend.

Dermot chatted to budding hopefuls, some of whom had been waiting since 2AM.

Others had flown from across the world to audition with acts representing India, Italy and Malta.

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One contestant revealed to Dermot that she had auditioned SEVENTEEN times for The X Factor, which is some feat given there's only been 13 series.

As he got to know the hopefuls and filmed scenes for the latest run, Dermot puckered up for selfies and spoke to friends and family of those auditioning on the phone.

And of course there were also plenty of trademark Dermot hugs to go around!

Singers that impress at today's open auditions will be invited back to sing for The X Factor judges later this year.

Although as yet there's been no official word on just who they are, with Louis Walsh, Rita Ora, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Obsourne and even Noel Gallagher(!) having all been linked to the show this year.

For now, open auditions continue next weekend on Saturday, May 14 in Liverpool at the ACC Liverpool, Kings Dock - just turn up any time between 9AM and 6PM to sing!

The X Factor 2016 auditions in Manchester at EventCity

This will be the LAST opportunity to audition in person for The X Factor 2016, although if you can't make it you can still audition online by uploading a video HERE!

The X Factor 2016 will air on ITV later this year.

Browse our full gallery of pictures from The X Factor auditions in Manchester below...

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