Lure of X Factor stardom hasn't waned as wannabes turn out in force for Dublin auditions
Ireland's stars of the future turned out in force for the first day of The X Factor auditions in Dublin.
Hopefuls were yesterday channelling their inner Beyonce and One Direction, as hundreds turned out at the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.
Dublin talent was well represented by hopeful Dev Singh, from Drimnagh, while Kerri Thornton was keen to take glory back home to Trim, Co Meath.
However, it wasn't just the Irish who turned up the heat at the auditions, on one of the finest days of the year.
There were entrants from the US, New Zealand and even South Africa, all attempting to win a place on the reality show.
The auditions will also run today at the same venue, from 10am until 6pm.
The X Factor has run for an incredible 14 years.
The last series kicked off with just six million viewers - the lowest since the show was first screened in 2004.
That was a drop from 2016's opening show, when an average of 6.8 million switched on.
Those who make it through the open auditions
round will head straight to an arena audition, where Simon Cowell will gauge audience reaction on the day.
Louis Walsh will return to the judging panel once again but the show's other judges have not yet been confirmed. There has been speculation that Nicole Scherzinger could be replaced by a former judge.
Auditions will also take place in Derry, at the Richmond Shopping Centre, on May 11 from 1pm to 8pm, and in Belfast on May 12 and May 13.