X Factor auditions to get shake-up

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 March 2013
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'X Factor' hopefuls will be made to audition in jazz clubs this year as bosses want to give the ITV talent show a big shake-up

'X Factor' hopefuls will be made to audition in jazz clubs.

Bosses of the ITV talent show are keen to shake-up this year's series and instead of wannabes singing in front of the judges in a packed arena, producers are considering getting them to perform in poky venues.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "We always talk about the singer's 'journey' but visually the live shows don't seem much different from the auditions.

"We need a significant point of difference between the audition and the live show.

"Smaller venues is the latest idea and it's one we quite like as it's new and could feel fresh."

Arena try-outs were introduced in 2009 following years of singers auditioning in a small studio just in front of the judges.

However, bosses fear the big auditions mean viewers are too used to glitzy performances by the time the live shows start.

Big boss Simon Cowell has previously admitted this year's show will feature "a lot of changes" in a bid to win back the millions of fans who have deserted in recent years.

The judging panel - which last year consisted of Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger - is also being shaken up, with Sharon Osbourne set to replace Tulisa.

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