X Factor 2013: FIRST PICTURE! Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh & Dermot O’Leary hit Glasgow

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Dermot O’Leary has just shared the first picture of this year’s X Factor judges.

Simon Cowell confirmed last month that Sharon Osbourne would be returning to the show after a five year absence and taking Tulisa’s seat, as she joined Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh who had all signed again for the 2013 series.

Today auditions began in Glasgow’s Hilton hotel and just minutes ago Dermot, who returns to host the singing extravaganza, tweeted the first photo of the team altogether.

He uploaded this picture with the caption:

“And so it begins…”

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Last night Dermot attended a dinner with the judges, and insiders reported that the team decided to make this year’s series ‘more fun’ with less fights than previous runs. They want less friction, more laughter and more talent than ever before.

That all sounds good until Sharon decides to start flinging water about again!

Auditions kick off this morning in the Scottish city and as part of the new ‘back to basics’ plan the format will be very different to recent years.

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Very soon hopefuls will begin performing for the four strong panel, but instead of singing in front of an arena filled with thousands of people, they will perform acapella, in a small room, with just the celebs and crew watching on.

Only the best of the bunch will progress to the next round, which will see them performing for a large audience and then the most talented will go on to bootcamp.

We’re pretty excited to see how it all turns out. Are you? What do you think of the new panel? Leave your comments below….

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