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X Factor stars jet off to auditions

The X Factor judges will give the new series of the show a flying start as they are seen jetting across the country to find top talent.

Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are seen in front of the Learjet in which they will travel to auditions for the new series of the ITV1 show.

The team return to screens on Saturday night with a 75-minute edition of the programme which ITV bosses hope will bring a ratings bonanza, as it is coupled with a new series of Red Or Black?.

Panellists will once again lead the hunt to find a new generation of singing stars with dramas and dreams-come-true.

Reigning champion Tulisa won last year with her group Little Mix but she says she's not feeling the pressure any more than the other judges.

"Obviously it was fantastic to win last year, but I'm coming back with a whole new category, so I am going to work just as hard with all my new acts. The pressure is on all of us to do our best each week," she said.

The N-Dubz star doesn't mind which category she's given this year, but said she's been amazed at the standard of the groups.

"I think after Little Mix winning last time it's made the groups really up their game.

"There are also some great solo singers, but at this stage you can never tell who is going to go all the way to the live shows," she said.

The singer predicted that sparks might fly among the new panel this year. "We're getting along great, but the competition hasn't started yet!" she said.

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