X Factor 2016: Simon Cowell and Dermot O'Leary could miss first auditions

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The X Factor 2016 isn't getting off to the best of starts already.

Filming with the new judging panel begins tomorrow at Leicester City’s King Power stadium but two key players could be on the bench.

Simon Cowell is the only judge returning from last year with Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger joining him on the updated line up.

However Simon may be forced to miss the auditions due to the flu and he's not the only one.

Dermot O'Leary, who is also back to host the show, apparently has severe food ­poisoning and has already had to skip a showbiz awards bash this week.

A show source told The Sun newspaper today: “Dermot is a regular guest at the Glamour Awards so his absence proved how ill he is.

“He was supposed to be at the auditions but it’s touch and go whether he will be well enough.”

They added: “Simon is hopeful he can make it but is under the weather this week. He’s resting up.”

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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