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Sharon Osbourne returns as new X Factor begins filming

Judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow pose with presenter Dermot O’Leary. Credit: Dermot O'Leary / Twitter

The X Factor judges – including comeback judge Sharon Osbourne – are back together ahead of the first filmed auditions of the new series.

Osbourne, who was on the show from 2004 to 2007 and replaces Tulisa Contostavlos, will feature alongside Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow.

Although preliminary auditions have already taken place, the judges start their first day on the programme today.