X Factor judge Cheryl Cole said she was glad to see auditions on Tyneside this year after local talent from Joe McElderry to James Arthur and Little Mix won the show. She never had chance to audition there herself.
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?