The 2011 UK X factor is getting underway with auditions in Birmingham. X Factor judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos are in Birmingham for the first auditions of the next series. Cheryl Cole, who was axed from Simon Cowell's US version of the X Factor days after she started, is not returning.
This live feed is in Birmingham during the auditions:
The X Factor is a television talent show franchise originating in the
The format creator is Simon Cowell who also judges and mentors on the
Unlike Pop Idol, where contestants are solely judged by the judges, on The X Factor each judge mentors the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while also participating together in judging the contestants of the other categories.