Hundreds of fans turning up to watch the first X Factor auditions with an audience were left angry yesterday as they were turned away from the London venue, despite having had tickets.
Show bosses handed out 5,000 FREE tickets for the try-outs audience, but there was only 4,000 seats available at the ExCel Centre in London. Furious Dave Shields, 26, of Basildon said: “Me and my mates took the day off work to come and we were turned away.”
Fans of the show were warned though that seats would be given on a first-come first-served basis. But they blasted the shows organiser, Applausestore for oversubscribing the event, which saw Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and fellow judges take hopefuls through their paces.
Another disappointed fan, who asked not to be named said: “I queued for four hours. They just want the event to look exciting with hordes of people desperate to get in.”
A spokesman for ITV said: “We send more tickets to make sure its full.” The audition audiences were inspired by the success of Britain’s Got Talent audition process.