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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
X Factor debuts with 9.5m viewers
Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell
Dannii Minogue (centre) has joined the judging panel
The fourth series of The X Factor has attracted an audience of 9.5m viewers with its opening episode on ITV1.

The talent search show won the ratings battle against BBC One programme DanceX, which pulled in an average audience of just 2.7m.

The series, now fronted by Dermot O'Leary and featuring new judge Dannii Minogue, commanded almost half of Saturday night's viewing audience.

The first episode featured some of the more bizarre acts from early auditions.

New recruit

One of them included a 79-year-old called Joy who impersonated a Hawaiian guitar through her nose.

It also chronicled the drama which saw music mogul Louis Walsh fired from the judging panel earlier this year, only to be brought back to the programme shortly afterwards.

Walsh rejoined Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, while new recruit Minogue is the first performer to sit on The X Factor panel.

The show's makers recently admitted that they occasionally re-shoot scenes if the camera misses them the first time around.

Its format for the fourth series has been altered, allowing 14-year-olds to compete for the first time.

Some 150,000 people have auditioned for a chance to compete for a 1m recording contract.

Some of the contestants featured in the first episode

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