Simon, Cheryl, Mel & Louis hit red carpet in Gateshead

Simon Cowell Newcastle
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The X Factor's celebrity judges were in town to see the best of the talent from open auditions in the North East.

Just 37 acts made it through to performing in front of the panel, after open auditions across the UK.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole both make a return this year after a few years off, along with X Factor veteran Louis Walsh and one brand new judge - Spice Girl Mel B.

Cheryl Cole Newcastle
Cheryl Cole was the star attraction in her home town
Scary - Spice Girl Mel B joins the panel for the first time this year
Louis Walsh is back