The new series of X Factor 2013 is well and truly underway as the four judges shone in the sunshine outside London's Wembley Stadium ahead of the first day's auditions.
Fans whooped with delight as X Factor judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger arrived on the red carpet outside Wembley Arena. 2013 marks Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon's first return as a judge on the panel in six years, whilst Nicole, Louis and Gary all returning from last series.
Nicole Scherzinger Wowed In A Hot Pink Shirt.
As reported by the Press Association via The Independent, Take That's Gary Barlow described Sharon's return as mingling with "royalty," showing his excitement to be working alongside the Black Sabbath manager: "It's great fun, and she's unpredictable and you can't plan for anything. But it's great and it's really good to have her back," He also added that already battle lines were being drawn between the four judges, with Sharon and Louis tending to take sides against him and Nicole, describing the split as "artists versus managers."
X-Factor judge Louis Walsh is now at the centre of a fix scandal after he was seen talking furiously to a member of the show’s staff while hopeful Carolynne Poole was performing in the sing-off.
According to The Metro, this person was executive producer Richard Holloway, which has led to speculation Louis was told to send the vote to deadlock in a bid to keep Rylan Clark on the show. “Live from the audience at #xfactor Louis saying to Tulisa he was told to take it to DEADLOCK.” said a tweet from an audience member. “Fix!” the masses have cried. “I’m pretty sure The X Factor just showed the whole country how set up it is. Not that we didn’t know that anyway. The producers f*cked it” tweeted the erstwhile X-Factor bad-boy Frankie Cocozza.
It hasn’t been a sterling week for ITV’s flagship talent show; in addition to the ‘fix’ claims, many were angry at the decision to open the phone lines before the acts had even sung. ITV told The Mirror: “This is a hugely positive change to The X Factor voting format to meet the changing needs and behaviour of our highly engaged viewers.” But viewers have been moved to label the show “money hungry” as the animosity continues. The X-Factor hey? It never fails to make the headlines.