Thursday 8 December 2016

Talent spotters at Leicester City's stadium for X Factor audition

Published 24/05/2016 | 17:46

Simon Cowell and The X Factor team are
Simon Cowell and The X Factor team are "saying hello" to Leicester

The X Factor will visit Leicester for the first time as the talent show completes its open auditions stage.

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The ITV programme's visit to the city comes shortly after Leicester City Football Club became Premier League champions, beating odds of 5,000-1.

Leicester's underdog victory was followed by a parade through the city's streets as hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated the win.

Simon Cowell said: "Until this year, Leicester had never won the Premier League, and we had never held X Factor auditions in the city, so it is time to say hello."

X Factor executive producer Mark Sidaway said: "If any city has shown this year that it has the X Factor then it's Leicester.

"We're hoping the fairytale continues for a lucky singer or group from the area."

Groups and solo singers over the age of 16 have been invited to audition on Friday at King Power Stadium - home to Leicester City FC.

Acts who turn up on the day will have the chance to perform for the X Factor team.

If they are successful, they will then perform in front of the judges in June - although it has not yet been announced who those judges will be.

With Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw all having left the talent show, the only judge now remaining from the 2015 line-up is Simon Cowell.

The X Factor will return to ITV later this year.

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