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'X Factor' series 10: Your snap reviews - share your verdict

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Whitney, Beyoncé and Emile Sandé covers - check. Nicole Scherzinger talking about balls - check. Contestants singing for dead relatives - check. Tears - check. Louis Walsh - check.

X Factor returned for its tenth series tonight with some fresh twists (or old twists, depending on the way you look at it) and a new batch of warbling wannabes and desperate never-gonna-bes.

The X Factor 2013 judges: Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh

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The X Factor 2013 judges



From the highs of prison officer Sam Bailey blowing the judges away with an emotional cover of 'Listen' to the lows of ghost-stuttering singer J Star Valentine (we should have known he was going to be awful when he described it as "Alexandra Burke's Hallelujah"), episode one featured the usual mixed bag of gems and duds.

Sharon Osbourne brought back the Laugh Factor, cackling away like a drunk clown, commenting on men's packages and going loopy over naughty Busted lyrics.

The new closed auditions brought back intimacy to the first round of the competition, which in the case of Hannah Barratt allowed the judges to really get to know her emotional backstory without a whooping arena audience squashing the mood.

But did the fresh look, return of Mrs O and latest batch of contestants win you over? Has The X Factor got back its swagger after an underwhelming 2012? Or did you leave the episode feeling a sense of deja-vu, like you'd seen it all before?

What's your verdict on the return of The X Factor? Give us your snap reviews below!

Photo gallery - The X Factor series 10, episode one:

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