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'X Factor' Newcastle auditions 'axed'

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X Factor bosses have reportedly axed the Newcastle auditions from this year's show.

The judges didn't visit Birmingham last year as producers thought the city provided "no memorable talent", but they apparently plan to reverse their decision after disappointing results in Newcastle.

Thousands of fans queue up outside the X Factor auditions in Liverpool

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'X Factor' Liverpool auditions



"Last year's show saw 30,000 fewer wannabes audition than ever before," a source told the Daily Star Sunday.

"Obviously switching Newcastle for Birmingham was a mistake and they're desperate to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Former judge Cheryl Cole comes from Newcastle and won The X Factor a few years ago as a mentor with Geordie Joe McElderry.

"She has a special connection to Newcastle and its talent because of him and because of her roots there. She's not happy about it," the source added.

Cole was recently voted the judge most Digital Spy readers want back on The X Factor.

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