X Factor auditions delayed by judges' holiday

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell

The 'X Factor' auditions have been delayed after the judges demanded a last-minute break from filming.

The 'X Factor' auditions have been thrown into chaos after the judges demanded a last-minute holiday.

The show's bosses were forced to cancel several dates and venues after the panel - Simon Cowell, Mel B, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh - insisted on having a break in the middle of filming, which has left producers no choice but to cram the final rounds into one day.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "It is possible that singers could audition and then have to sing in the arena days later. It could be an intense experience."

Meanwhile, Louis, 61, admitted earlier this month that the auditions had got off to a good start in Manchester and he was impressed by the level of talent this year.

He said: "The first session went well, it was great. It's fun and I think both of the girls will get on well.

"It's all going great. We're going to get the fun back in the show ... Simon is on top form and the talent is all good, with all new faces."

However, it was recently revealed that Cheryl had insisted on being seated away from Louis - who used to manage her group Girls Aloud - on the panel.

A source said: "A lot of thought has gone into the seating after Cheryl said she wouldn't sit next to Louis. The pair have a lot of beef from the days of Girls Aloud.

"It means Mel has to sit between them -- giving Cheryl the key spot next to Simon."


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