X Factor 2014: Behind the scenes on the first day of auditions

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Mel B kick off the first round of in-room auditions today in Manchester

Vocal chords (or perhaps ear plugs) at the ready, X Factor 2014 has officially started filming. 


The brand new judging panel of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Mel B are getting things started today in Manchester, arriving as we speak for the first round of auditions. 

Things are continuing in the same format as last year, with a return to the original in-room auditions just in front of the judges, before later moving on to the much larger arena auditions.

The show won’t be back on ITV for a few weeks yet, but while we wait, check out snaps from today’s first day of filming as they come in….

The room is ready.

The crowds are ready

Dancing Derms (aka host Dermot O’Leary) is ready

Mr X Factor himself (11 series under his belt now) Louis Walsh is ready and walking the red carpet

And here’s newbie Mel B showing off some super pins

New Xtra Factor host DJ Sarah Jane is in attendance

Miss Cheryl Cole has arrived!


And he’s arrived! Classic shirt open and trouser combo. Love your work Simon.