X Factor 2011: Auditions in front of judges axed “indefinitely”

The Daily Star today reports that amid a crisis over who exactly will be on the judging panel of this year’s X Factor, there are to be no live auditions in front of judges for the foreseeable future.

As viewers will know, in previous years, all judges have been present during auditions, and it’s their votes that put contestants through to further rounds or drop them altogether.

However, with no firm decision as to who will be judging this year’s show, and with the first auditions due to commence in London in two weeks time, the show’s bosses have revealed the change in format.

The paper adds that those auditions – due to have been held on April 26th – have been “ditched” while crisis talks are held with Simon Cowell.

It’s expected the first auditions will now be held in May or possibly even June.

A show insider told the paper, “It’s looking likely that ITV and Cowell have come to some kind of truce where he will still have a presence on the show.”

It’s also been revealed that both Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will return to judging the show this year, but there’s no word as yet as to Cheryl Cole’s role in the UK show given that she’s joining Simon on the US version of The X Factor.

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