The X Factor judging panel smiled bravely yesterday as the first X Factor audition to be filmed in front of a live audience kicked off. Thousands turned up to the London venue to watch fans in the first-round try-outs, and had no fears about making their own views on contestants known.
Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh watched hundreds of wannabes strut their stuff at London’s ExCel centre.
The X Factor auditions were divided into two shows, with each drawing crowds of 2,000 people. Try-outs for the rest of the UK will also feature live audiences after Simon Cowell and his show executives decided to replicate the buzz created by Britain’s Got Talent audiences.
An insider at the auditions said: “It felt more like a concert.” Meanwhile, ITV 2′s Xtra Factor host Holly Willoughby looked absolutely stunning despite giving birth to her first child only SIX WEEKS ago.