X Factor 2016 auditions with the judges start filming in Leicester

x factor 2016 auditions

The X Factor 2016 begun filming today as the judges took their seats for the first time this year.

Auditions for what is the thirteenth series begun this afternoon at Leicester City’s King Power stadium, the first time the show has visited the city.

This year it's all change AGAIN with a revamped judging line up that sees only Simon Cowell stick around from last year.


Rita Ora, Cheryl and Nick Grimshaw have all gone, replaced by an array of 'fan favourites' from past series.

Louis Walsh returns after missing last year's show together with veteran X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger, who appeared on the panel in 2012 and 2013.

Meanwhile, Olly Murs and Caroline are gone as hosts with Dermot O'Leary making a comeback to takeover.

It's not just the stars of the show have changed either with a slightly new format this year.

The X Factor is returning to the room auditions once again and, for the first time since 2008, there will be NO arena auditions.

Instead, acts that impress the judges will go straight through to bootcamp.

From there, successful singers will go on to the six chair challenge which will now be their first performance in front of an audience on the show.

The X Factor will air on ITV later this year.

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