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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X-Factor judges visit Newcastle takeaway

Cheryl Cole (left) poses with a member of staff at Kwok Pao in Heaton

X-Factor judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole surprised staff at a Chinese takeaway in Newcastle.

The pair stopped at Kwok Pao in Heaton after filming auditions for the ITV show at The Baltic on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.

Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell visited Kwok Pao in Heaton

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Stripped-back auditions bring X Factor back to its roots

Just 37 acts will perform in front of the X Factor's celebrity judging panel in Gateshead, without an audience, in a stripped-back audition process.

Cheryl Cole superfans wait for the judges' arrival on the red carpet

Open auditions held already across the UK - including Gateshead and South Shields - have whittled down the number of contestants.

Those remaining will audition in a room at the Baltic art gallery in front of a returning Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, veteran Louis Walsh, and new judge Mel B.

In previous years, auditions have been in front of a large theatre audience, but this time, they will start in a small room, similar to the initial years of the show.

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