X Factor: first pic of Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell, Mel B, Louis Walsh

Published Tuesday, Jun 17 2014, 10:04 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor judge Mel B has shared the first picture of the judging panel sat in this year's audition room with fans!

Former Spice Girl Mel posted the photo to Instagram last night (16 June) and it shows herself sitting on the panel alongside Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

First pic of X Factor judges: Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and SImon Cowell. (16 June).

© Instagram / officialmelb

(Left - right: Louis, Mel, Cheryl and Simon).

Simon, unsurprisingly, is taking the position of head judge this year and he is sitting next to Cheryl, while Louis remains in his original seat with Mel sat next to him. For the first photo, the judges all seem to be getting on well - just look at those smiles!

Mel posted the image after the judges wrapped up the first audition day in Manchester on Monday, which was held at the Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford.

Northern lass Mel, who was announced as the fourth X Factor judge last week, said: "1st Audition day in Manchester whoop whoop."

Mel has plenty of judging experience too. Not only was she a guest judge on the show back in 2012, but she previously appeared as a judge on The X Factor in Australia. She currently judges on America's Got Talent and will also be a coach on The Voice Kids Australia.

Meanwhile, Girls Aloud star Cheryl and show boss Simon are back together on the panel for the first time since 2010. Long-running judge Louis is also back, marking his 11th consecutive year on the show.

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