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X Factor's back - and so is Sharon

Sharon Osbourne is more impressed by a contestant's hairstyle than his singing in the first X Factor auditions.

The first episode of the new series marks the return of Sharon to the judging panel five years after she quit amid rumours of tension with fellow judge Dannii Minogue. The wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who is replacing Tulisa Contostavlos, is also joined on the panel by Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

But she is less than impressed by Fil Henley, a would-be rocker who comes to the audition armed with a guitar and some sandwiches his mother made for him.

The 30-year-old from Maidenhead performs his own take on Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You, but Sharon is more interested in his mullet hairstyle which she describes as "business at the front, party at the back".

The hopefuls also include a prison officer showing her sensitive side as she is tries to make it into the music business.

Viewers will see 36-year-old mother-of-two Sam Bailey, from Leicester, reduced to tears after singing Listen by Beyonce at her audition, with Nicole telling her "That's exactly how that song is supposed to be sung".

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