PICTURES: X Factor 2014 set and judges arrival for first auditions!

    Here is the first look at the new X Factor set and judging panel!

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    The new panel of judges- Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh- arrived at the Manchester today for the first round of this years auditions.

    In Manchester many fans were able to see the new panel together for the first time when they walked down the red carpet.

    This years X Factor auditions will be travelling to four cities across the UK-Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

    Once again the contestants will have to tackle two rounds of auditions, starting with the intimate closed rooms in which they find themselves extremely close to the judges.

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    It’s the first time since 2008 that Cheryl and Simon have been in the judges’ rooms and the new set is a real throwback to the old look.

    The modern green screen window seen on last year’s show has gone and in its place is the old style X Factor logo backdrop.

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    If the singers impress the judges in the intimate room auditions then they will progress to the arenas where they will perform to a live audience which will take place in central London next month.

    The X Factor will air later this year on ITV.

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