Yikes! Things aren’t looking good for The X Factor 2017.
While we often see floods of hopefuls turning up to audition for the ITV talent search year after year, it looks like things were very different during a recent casting call in Kent.
When The X Factor rolled into town for the preliminary stages of auditions at Dreamland in Margate, Kent Live reported that only a “handful” of singing hopefuls actually turned up to sing their hearts out.
A snap uploaded by the news site shows a pretty much deserted queue outside the audition room where producers hear the talent for the first time and showed just 6 people in line with plenty of space between the contestants.
It’s not clear how many others were waiting their turn outside of the shot, though Dreamland’s creative operations manager admitted that the turnout wasn’t exactly great.
“It would be amazing if there was queues out of the door for today,” he said, but stayed positive. “But I think there should be quite a nice amount of people for these auditions.”
But while it looks like the talent pool could be a little thin when it comes to this year’s The X Factor, there’s little chance the show will be going off our screens completely.
ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo recently confirmed that the show will be around until at least 2019 alongside Britain’s Got Talent.
“[They] are both big, brilliant, wonderful shows and I am delighted that they will continue to take up their place as an important part of our schedule for the next three years,” he said of the talent searches.
“They are defining shows for us,” he continued, “ones that we are very proud to have as part of our entertainment slate, and they continue year after year, for months at a time, to be amongst the most popular and hugely entertaining formats on television.”
What do you think of the less than stellar turn out for The X Factor auditions in Margate this week?