The X Factor 2012 live tour is finally here and we're more than a tad excited to be heading down to Manchester's MEN Arena this afternoon for the opening show!
Winners Little Mix will be joined on the road by eight other acts from last year's live shows: Misha B, Janet Devlin, Marcus Collins, Johnny Robinson, Craig Colton, The Risk, Kitty Brucknell and Amelia Lily.
They'll play an impressive 34 dates over the next two months, finishing in Wales in April.
"I'm very excited for the tour!" says runner up Marcus Collins.
He reveals: "I've got five songs to do, so it's a lot of work. I'm really enjoying it and the choreography is looking good, and it's great to catch up with everyone."
Little Mix singer Jade added: “We cannot believe it – we’re the first girl group ever to go on The X Factor tour and it means so much to us.
“We can’t wait to get on the stage to perform. It’s going to be incredible.”
And lead singer Perrie said: “For us to come on this journey together and now have the opportunity to play some of the biggest arenas in front of people that have voted for us is just mind-blowing.”
Today's first show will be extra special for Misha B, who comes from Manchester and auditioned in the city nearly a year ago.
“Last year I was busking on the streets of Manchester, and now to be touring around the UK is just sensational," she says. "This is the reality of what dreams can actually become, and the first stop is Manchester, which is home for me, so bring it on!”
Be sure to follow @TellyMix on Twitter for live updates and pictures from today's first show!
Browse backstage pictures of the acts below...