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Series 9 - Episode 2
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Week two of the auditions and the X Factor juggernaut rolls into Manchester, where guest judge Mel B decides to spice things up with some harsh one-liners about the singing ability of one of the older contestants. While her brutally honest remarks don’t always go down well with the audience, and aren’t what wannabe pop stars really, really wanna hear, fellow judge Gary Barlow has been reported as saying he loved her feisty attitude.
But then, he’s also apparently said that he was shocked last year at how quickly people become lazy and cocky once they got into the competition, and as a result had decided there’d be no more Mr Nice Guy from him, either.
Still, if Mel B’s not scary enough for you, take a look at Louis Walsh’s new bouffant hairstyle.
Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh are in Newcastle, while guest judge Mel B is with the panel in Manchester and Rita Ora, currently topping the singles chart, joins them in London. Expect the usual mix of enthusiasts with limited talent, those who are gifted but lack confidence, the completely tone-deaf whose every note is a trial - and the surprise packages who make it all worthwhile. Dermot O'Leary shares the audience's pleasure - and pain - and provides a suitably caustic commentary on the contestants' efforts.
Full Episode Guide
What's Sharon Osbourne watching? The X Factor judge on her TV viewing habits
Sharon Osbourne reveals her TV loves and hates ahead of a new documentary on BBC4
Who is UK Eurovision entry Lucie Jones?
Matt Terry hasn’t spoken to Simon Cowell since winning The X Factor
ITV axes X Factor spin-off The Xtra Factor after 12 years
Rebecca Ferguson 'accepts' offer to sing at Trump inauguration – on one condition
Honey G’s debut single hits the charts... at number 149
Can 2016 be over yet? X Factor rapper Honey G's new music video is out
X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry is ALREADY planning a return to the show as a guest judge
Jamie Lee Harrison released a single and made it to X Factor Bootcamp before auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent
Who is Jeanette Akua from The Miss Treats on Britain's Got Talent? You might recognise her from The X Factor
James Corden and Take That reveal the secrets of Carpool Karaoke
Dannii Minogue on why Let It Shine is now a better fit for her than The X Factor