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X Factor 2017 judges kick off first auditions in Liverpool

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The X Factor 2017 judges kicked off this year's auditions in Liverpool this week.

Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger are all back on the panel this year after finalising deals.

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Speaking at the try outs, Sharon said she was hoping for "loads and loads of talent".

“I’m looking for a great girl… a fabulous girl that’s got a great voice, no tits and ass, just somebody that’s really talented," Sharon explained.

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She told the Press Association: I’d like to find somebody yes who is young, but very grounded and actually knows what they are doing and knows how hard this business is and has a great work ethic.

“Somebody that’s grounded but young.”

This year is the first time since between 2008 and 2010 that the panel has remained the same between series.

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A source told The Sun newspaper: The ­chemistry was perfect last year, so it’s only natural to want to bring the same line-up together again.

“It’s usually hard to get people’s schedules to align but for the first year it has worked out."

The insider added: "The judges can’t wait to get started and have already been gossiping behind the scenes.”

It was previously confirmed that Dermot O'Leary will be back to host the show whil eITV2 spin-off Xtra Factor has been axed in favour of more online content instead.

Meanwhile, there's still time to audition for this year's series.

The age limit for The X Factor 2017 contestants has been lowered to 14 for this year's auditions. The recent move is the first time that the age limit has been dropped since 2014.

The X Factor 2016 open auditions in Manchester this weekend

The news of the lower age limit comes along with a brand new way to audition for the show: via WhatsApp. Budding performers are being asked to start chats with The X Factor team and upload videos of them singing - You can get the details here.

Alternatively, you can audition online by simply uploading a video via the official X Factor applications website at application.xfactor.tv.

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The deadline for online X Factor 2017 applications is currently set for 1 July 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

The X Factor 2017 will start on ITV later this year.

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