X Factor to scrap open auditions next year?
7 June 2018 - 9:00 AM

X Factor to scrap open auditions next year?

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"The X Factor" is set to scrap open auditions next year.

Bosses of the singing competition are toying with the idea of ditching the day-long audition process, which is carried out in front of producers, from 2019 after just 1,500 people turned up to be seen on one day in London - even though 30,000 applied to take part in the series online - because they are fed up of waiting around all day.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "The production team are claiming they have been hammering the video auditions and that is why turnout is so low.

"They also say that no one can be bothered to queue anymore and they don't want to sit around and wait all day."

It's believed the drop in people willing to attend the open auditions is down to the fact that people prefer to send in their demos online and via WhatsApp.

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The insider explained: "The ability to apply via WhatsApp didn't exist when the show started so singers had no option but to queue for hours.

"It would be a logical step for the Open Auditions to come to an end after 2018 as clearly numbers attending are dwindling."

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The conversation about ditching the open auditions altogether comes just weeks after it was decided that the show would just visit London and Liverpool from now on.

A source said previously: "In previous years the show would always make a big deal of travelling around the country to find budding pop stars. But their attitude now is the right talent will come to them.

"Liverpool produced the likes of The Beatles and Echo and the Bunnymen while London is home to current talent including Rita Ora and Stormzy.

"Show producers will still be sent to the likes of Leeds and Derry to hold private auditions just as a precaution. But any talent will be expected to make their way over to London or Liverpool if they want to sing in front of the judges. This latest overhaul is also designed for practical reasons as auditions will now take place in arenas."

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