The X Factor audition age limit lowered to 14, it's been confirmed

Published Friday, Apr 4 2014, 12:50 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The X Factor has lowered the audition age back down to 14, it has been confirmed.

Bosses have announced they are slashing the current age limit by two years, giving younger teenagers a chance on the ITV1 singing show.

The news was posted on the official X Factor website and asks hopefuls if they are "the next Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift".

Liam Payne auditions for The X Factor in 2008 aged 14 - 4 April 2014

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1D's Liam Payne first auditioned for The X Factor in 2008

A statement reads: "We're excited to announce that the age limit has been reduced to 14.

"With so many talented youths out there, we believe it's about time the new generation of talent should be given the chance to shine.

"So if you think you're the next Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift, then make sure you come join us at one of the many auditions across the country."

The X Factor is definitely returning with a bang this year. In February, it was announced that Simon Cowell is returning to the judging panel.

Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole has also announced her big X Factor comeback, saying on Instagram: "GUESS WHAT!!.. I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!!

Last week, Cheryl offered her advice to hopefuls after it was revealed that there will be a whopping 34 mobile auditions around the country this year.

She said: "If you do something original or a good remix or something that makes people sit up and listen, that's always a good start."

This is the first time in six years that singers under the age of 16 will be able to audition. One Direction's Liam Payne was 14 when he first auditioned for the show in 2008.

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