X Factor auditions flop

Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell

'The X Factor' bosses were left shocked after only one person turned up to their Essex audition and producers were forced to persuade passersby to try out for the show.

'The X Factor' bosses were shocked when only one person turned up to the show's Essex audition.

Producers arrived in Colchester, South East England, expecting to find more than 100 people eager to try out for the ITV programme but, instead, were faced with just one woman waiting to get her shot at fame.

Show bosses were forced to persuade passersby to audition but still only attracted around 20 people throughout the whole day.

One shopper told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "It looks like 'The X Factor' has finally lost its grip on the nation.

"It was quite a depressing sight to see - to me it looked like a party with no guests."

Cher Townrow, 40, who auditioned for the show, but was rejected, thinks the lack of auditionees might have something to do with the weather.

She said: "I was walking home and saw it on the sign for the auditions. At home I can sing brilliantly, but it didn't happen here. I'm surprised no one else was here. It could have been the cold weather."

Show producers were shocked by the outcome as Essex has already produced winner Matt Cardle and finalists Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.

Ben Howard, who runs Keep Colchester Cool in a bid to promote music and arts in the town, said: "I would like to think it was because 'The X Factor' has lost its 'X Factor', not Colchester, but it was badly promoted."

'The X Factor' refused to comment.


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