Hopefuls queue for X Factor auditions

This time two years ago, we filmed James Arthur queuing for auditions... As the X Factor rolls into town again, could one of these be next?

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Hundreds of hopefuls audition for X factor

Long queues outside the Sage in Gateshead for X Factor auditions.
Long queues outside the Sage in Gateshead for X Factor auditions. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Hundreds queue for a chance to get onto X Factor.
Hundreds queue for a chance to get onto X Factor. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The hopefuls performed in front of the show's producers at the Sage.
The hopefuls performed in front of the show's producers at the Sage. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Cheryl's support for X Factor hopefuls


To all the Geordies auditioning for the first leg of @thexfactor in Newcastle tomorrow it's a yes from me #ilikethewayyoutalk ? #goodluck ?

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.

Cheryl Cole: "When I had malaria I was given just one day to live"

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.

Cheryl Cole contracted malaria on holiday in 2010 Credit: Ian West/PA

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 and Cheryl talk of their X Factor return

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.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak to Daybreak about their X Factor return. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

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.

To watch their interview in full, visit the Daybreak website

Cheryl: 'It's going to be a fun series'

The last time Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole were both on The X Factor was 2010.

They had an audience of 17.2 million watching Matt Cardle being crowned the winner, but that figure had dropped by 7.5 million for the climax of the 2013 series when Sam Bailey won. Cheryl says this series will be 'fun'.

"I'm very happy and excited to be returning to The X Factor. I'm inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It's going to be a fun series."

– Cheryl Cole
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