The X Factor's celebrity judges were in town to see the best of the talent from open auditions in the North East.
New Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and regular host Dermot O'Leary were first celebrities to arrive at the North East auditions.
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Geordie star Cheryl Cole will return to the North East later for X Factor auditions in Gateshead.
It is four years since the singer was last a judge on the show, but she will be back in the hot seat at the Baltic with the other three judges.
To give you an idea of how many people turned out to The X Factor open auditions at The Sage this morning, our cameraman walked the length of the queue...
Hundreds of X factor hopefuls have been auditioning for the next series in Gateshead.
The show's producers are at the Sage for the first round of auditions.
Successful contestants will get the chance to perform in front of the judges later in the summer.
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X factor judge Cheryl Cole has given her backing to X factor hopefuls, who are auditioning for the next series.
Hundreds are lining up at the Sage in Gateshead, waiting to perform for the show's producers.
Successful contestants will go through to auditions in front of the judges in the summer.
Hundreds of people have turned out for X Factor auditions at the Sage Gateshead.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Simon Cowell was returning to the ITV programme.
The Newcastle pop star Cheryl Cole, who is returning as an X Factor judge this year, said when she was suffering with malaria she was given just one day to live.
Cole contracted the disease on holiday in Tanzania in 2010. She has been back to East Africa for Sport Relief, to make a short film in a hospital in Uganda, and encourage people in the UK to donate money to buy mosquito nets and eradicate the disease.
She said: "When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.
"The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.
"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.
"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family.
"The pain I felt and went through, it's what so many people go through, all because they don't have a mosquito net which could save their life."
Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.
The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.
She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.
Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."
Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."
It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.