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The X Factor is back with a bang tonight

The X Factor judges hear from one contestant Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire

The new series of The X Factor begins tonight with an episode that judge Louis Walsh has named "the best first show ever".

Viewers should expect to see entertainment ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous as usual with the initial auditioning rounds.

One contestant who definitely has The X Factor is shy supermarket worker Jahmene Douglas, from Swindon in Wiltshire, who wows the judges with a performance of the Etta James classic "At Last".

Supermarket worker Jahmene Douglas from Swindon performing on the show Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire

Walsh, the longest-serving judge on the panel, calls the singer "a revelation," telling him, "You are what we are looking for. I think a star is born".

But it's not all praise: Returning judge Tulisa Contostavlos gets mean on the show, suggesting one contestant sounds more like the "cookie monster" than a singer.

Rod Stewart lookalike Alexander auditions Credit: en McKay/ITV/PA Wire

Other singers on the first programme include a fireman, a florist and a Rod Stewart lookalike.

Zoe Alexander's audition does not go so well Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/PA Wire

Viewers will also see contestant Zoe Alexander storm off stage after taking the judges' comments to heart.

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