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.
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.
X Factor winner James Arthur is returning to his hometown to meet fans today, November 6. The Saltburn-born star will be at HMV in Middlesbrough to sign copies of his new album.
Former X factor winner Joe McElderry will speak at the Oxford Union later.
The 22-year-old from Westoe, South Shields is the first winner on the show to address the society.
He'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Katie Price.
He is due to talk to students about coping with stardom, life since the X Factor, and how young artists are treated within the music industry.
Joe said: “I am a little bit nervous about giving a talk, but I feel very honoured to be asked as well.”
James Arthur faces a nervous wait as the hours tick on towards tonight's Brit Awards.
The 24-year-old has been nominated for best British single - an accolade awarded to the top 15 British singles based on the biggest sales success in 2012 - for his chart-topper "Impossible."
The boy from Boro won the show at the end of last year and is now working on his debut album.
His debut single, "Impossible", sold over one million copies between December and January alone.
To see more details about the nominees, and the other awards being presented at tonight's Brit Awards, click here.