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X Factor is a winner in the ratings

By Catherine Wylie and Robert Dex

A peak of 10.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the return of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the X Factor, ITV said – exactly double the peak audience of Doctor Who.

The BBC science fiction show, which overlapped with the X Factor for 15 minutes, had a peak audience of 5.3 million viewers.

X Factor went international on Saturday night – with mixed results – after would-be stars from around the world auditioned.

Acts from as far afield as South Africa and Hong Kong all tried to impress judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Mel B and Cheryl.

But French teenager Oceane Guyot did not impress Cowell.

He told the 19-year-old Parisian: "It was like you had swallowed a load of people and they were all screaming. It was unbelievable."

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