X Factor bosses have hit back at claims of low turn outs at this year's auditions.
Mobile try outs are currently touring the country but there have been reports of poor numbers turning up to audition.
The X Factor's mobile auditions are a relatively new way to apply for The X Factor, first brought in during the 2012 series, and allow people to sing for the production team face to face.
Contestants simply drop by at the location in their town and enter a booth where they'll fill out a short application before performing to camera.
Those that impress may be invited to a callback later in the year to sing for the judges and could well go on to WIN the series: James Arthur's first audition for The X Factor was at the mobile try outs in Middlesbrough in 2012.
Reports this week claimed that only a handful of people turned up to the latest mobile auditions in Kent, but a spokesperson for the show pointed out numbers were actually higher than last year.
They explained: "The numbers are higher than last year for Kent so it isn’t a poor turnout."
They added: "Overall we’ve had tens of thousands of people apply for this series so numbers are healthy."
A source added: "These are the small scale pod auditions where people drop by - not the large scale events filmed for TV which will happen later in spring.
"The numbers for Kent were more than last year and these smaller auditions are successful – James Arthur auditioned this way and he’s now got a double platinum single."
As well as the off air mobile auditions and open TV try outs, auditions also take place online where singers can upload a video, skipping the need to show up in person.