This is when The X Factor auditions in front of the judges start
This year, The X Factor is returning to arena auditions (which are the best kind), and while the auditions in front of producers has been happening for a while now, it’s almost time for hopefuls to sing in front of the judges.
Ticket website ApplauseStore has put up dates for audition dates at the SSE Arena, Wembley, beginning on Wednesday, July 18.
Tickets for the filming of the judges’ auditions are free, with the website mentioning that they are the official partner for the show, so any ticket sites or sellers asking for money aren’t valid.
This means that an announcement of who will actually be on the judging panel should be due any day now. Nicole Scherzinger isn’t back this year, Sharon Osbourne is only returning for the live shows, and Louis Walsh has actually quit after being around for what feels like forever.
Who’s in the running for the panel this year then? ‘She’s Madonna’ hitmaker Robbie Williams has hinted that he has been in talks to join the show alongside wife Aya Field.
The bookies have also thrown around names like Rita Ora (who has previously judged on the show), Louis Tomlinson (who is something of Simon’s protege), Craig David, Mariah Carey and… Gloria Estefan, for some reason.