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.
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.
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.
New Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and regular host Dermot O'Leary were first celebrities to arrive at the North East auditions.Read the full story ›
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?Read the full story ›
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...