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.
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?
The X Factor's longest-serving judge, Louis Walsh, has arrived punctually at the North East auditions in Gateshead. He was greeted by fans lining a red carpet, which has been laid outside the Sage Gateshead on the Quayside.
X Factor auditions are well underway in Gateshead, with hopefuls queuing to see the four judges - Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh. This man was pulled out of the crowd for an interview - could he be the next North East winner of the X Factor?
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.
Open auditions for the singing competition were held at The Sage today. Daniella Clarke and Jess Ferguson were two of the many hopefuls.
Some people had been queuing for the X Factor audition, at The Sage, since before 4am. Lucy Thompson was at the front of the crowd, by a stroke of luck...
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.