Saturday 24 March 2018

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

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.

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.

Press Association

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