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Britain's Got Talent judges 'excited' to start auditions in Cardiff

The whole Britain's Got Talent entourage have been in Cardiff today to kick off this year's auditions. The Wales Millennium Centre is the very first stop on their tour of the UK.

Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the stars today. It's the familiar judging panel from last year, when dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey were crowned winners.

Arriving in Cardiff Bay earlier, Amanda Holden even recognised our reporter Rob Osborne from his report on our lunchtime bulletin.

For those with serious ideas about winning the competition - and eventually getting to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety - the first, and probably toughest, hurdle is getting approval from Simon Cowell. He was also just about the most popular man the crowds wanted to see today.

Singer Alesha Dixon is also back to take her place on the panel. She says she's excited about the talent that will on display in Cardiff, and was proud of BGT as 'an amazing platform for people who want to catapult their careers - and we're here to hopefully help them on the beginning of their journey.' She also had some kind words for our Rob.

Comedian and actor David Walliams says he was pleased to be in Cardiff again - and wanted to continue winding up Simon, like he did last year.

Ant and Dec were also hopeful that the very first day of auditions could produce the 2013 winner. Paul Potts - who won the competition in the first year - and Only Boys Aloud - finalists last year - auditioned in Cardiff.