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X Factor returns: Fresh round of hopefuls face judges as audition stage begins

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A fresh round of singing hopefuls put aside their nerves to face the X Factor judges on Saturday night as the musical talent show returned to TV screens for a new series.

As usual the show kicked off with the audition stages and a host of aspiring singers trying to impress the panel of four judges with their versions of hit songs.

Among the contestants who secured themselves a place in the next stage of the competition was female rapper Honey G - aka 35-year-old Anna Georgette Guilford - who received three yeses to go through despite failing to impress head judge Simon Cowell.

Cowell seemed flabbergasted with the rapper's take on Missy Elliott's Work It and averted his eyes as she tried to make her audition memorable by throwing in some crotch-grabbing moves, but fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne put the hopeful through anyway.

Another act who managed to wow the panel of judges was Boyband Yes Lad who wooed the judges with a harmonious rendition of Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling! and were praised for bringing their "own fan club" to the audition.

Meanwhile 34-year-old joiner James Wilson also managed to get four yeses from the panel despite struggling to hide his nerves as he sang Ray LaMontagne's Jolene.

Also joining the range of acts who made it to the Bootcamp stage of the competition are 16-year-old Samantha Lavery, whose version of Ellie Goulding's Explosions earned her four yeses and 18-year-old Caitlyn Vanbeck, who was compared to American Idol star Kelly Clarkson.

The X Factor will continues on Sunday on ITV at 8pm.