Judges arrive in Manchester for first X Factor auditions

Hosts Olly & Carolyn were joined by Grimmy & Rita on the red carpet earlier today in Manchester

Crowds gathered to wish this year's X Factor Judges luck as they kicked off their search to find this year's finalists in Manchester earlier today.

Gone are the judges' rooms as Cheryl, Rita and Nick wowed the fans on their way to the arena where they're eyeballing this year's hopefuls along with a crowd of 4,000.

They were flanked by Olly & Caroline and new Xtra Factor hosts Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom.

Stop! Let me take a selfie. Any guesses who's on the phone cover?

Biggest ever The X Factor Audition Tour

The X Factor auditions are back on the road later this month in search of the best and freshest vocal talent.

And this year there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your talent with our biggest-ever audition tour. We're visiting an unprecedented 50 towns and cities across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.

You can apply in one of three ways:

Open Auditions - Register online for one of the nine cities or just turn up at the venues on the day.

Mobile Audition Van - meet the team visiting smaller towns and cities across the country. There is no need to register for the Mobile Audition dates.

Apply online - Anyone can apply online now at https://application.xfactor.tv/ to register for the Open Auditions or if you can't make any of our audition dates.