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Last Updated: Wednesday June 23 2010 04:50 GMT

In pics: The X Factor auditions

The X Factor judging panel in Glasgow

The X Factor is back! The auditions for series 7 kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier in June. Geri Halliwell was a guest judge on the panel.

Geri Halliwell in Glasgow

The Spice Girl was the first guest judge to stand in for pregnant Dannii Minogue. Katy Perry and Pixie Lott are also going to be joining Simon, Louis and Cheryl on the panel.

Simon Cowell in Glasgow

Simon speaks to fans outside his hotel in Glasgow. The TV star is launching The X Factor in America later this year.

Louis Walsh in Glasgow

Louis Walsh hasn't mentored a winning act since Shayne Ward won back in 2005. He'll be hoping he's number one this year!

X Factor audition queues in London

Host Dermot O'Leary chats to crowds outside London's ExCeL Centre, where auditions started on Monday. Like last year, hopefuls have to sing in front of a live audience.

Dermot O'Leary in London

Competitors will be hoping to get the thumbs up from the judges, as well as from Dermot!

Konnie Huq in London

Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq has taken over the job of Xtra Factor presenter from Holly Willoughby.

Konnie Huq in London

Looks like Konnie has heard something good! I wonder if she has found the new X Factor winner?!