Simon Cowell to return for X Factor auditions this week

Published Tuesday, Jul 7 2015, 09:24 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor auditions will now begin on Wednesday, it has been confirmed.

The first round of auditions were cancelled in Manchester this week following the death of Simon Cowell's mum Julie, who passed away on Sunday aged 89.

X Factor judge Simon Cowell during room auditions - 8 September 2014.

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Auditions were originally set to kick off in Manchester on Monday and continue on Tuesday, but it has now been revealed that they will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

A spokesperson for Syco Entertainment said: "We will now start auditions in Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday this week."

It has also been confirmed that Simon will attend the auditions on both days.

The auditions will mark the first time fans will see Simon, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw on the new judging panel for this year's series. It will also see the new presenting line-up of Olly Murs and Caroline Flack as co-hosts.

Simon Cowell and his mother Julie Cowell - 5 October 2008.


Simon with his mum Julie.

The death of Simon's mother Julie was announced on Sunday evening.

The Cowell family said in a statement: "Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace."