X Factor auditions returned to Dublin for the first time in five years yesterday.
Louis Walsh led the way to the try outs having championed Irish talent ahead of filming of the new series.
"He’d say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year," Louis said earlier this summer, "I’m delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole, and I’m looking forward to taking them all back to Dublin this year when we head there for auditions.”
This year saw some "brilliant talent" according to exec producer Mark Sidaway, who tweeted: "Golden sunlight and a lot of bonkers and brilliant talent at the #XFactorAuditions in #Dublin"
He also revealed that Louis' face had been plastered on buses in the city, tweeting the above picture with the caption: "Meanwhile in #Dublin THIS is happening #LouisHomecoming #XFactorAuditions"
Speaking on RTE Ten before filming auditions in the city, Louis was confident of finding at least one finalist for the live shows.
“We’re not just looking for great singers… We want personalities, and people with ambition and work ethic and all of that,” he said. "I expect to get some really good people here.
“And I hope we get somebody really good for the live shows. I’m sure we will. Definitely. And it is to do with personality, and attitude and work ethic. It’s all those things."
The X Factor will be back on TV on ITV later this year.
MAIN PIC CREDIT: @marksidaway on Twitter