Look who's back! The judges have arrived for the first X Factor auditions


X Factor fans could be forgiven for thinking they had been transported back in time.

As the first auditions for the 2016 series of The X Factor kicked off at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, the red carpet was full of plenty of familiar faces.

Louis Walsh is back on The X Factor

Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger have rejoined the judging panel, with Dermot O'Leary back as host - and everyone looked delighted to be back in business.

Simon Cowell also joined them on the red carpet - a relief for show organisers after fears that he and Dermot could both miss the first auditions due to illness. However, they both recovered in time to make it to Leicester.

Nicole really went all-out with her pantsuit...

Nicole Scherzinger arrived in Leicester in this garish number or X Factor auditions

Nicole Scherzinger at X Factor auditions

Louis was clearly excited to be back...

Louis Walsh arriving for X Factor auditions in Leicester

Sharon had a lot of love for fans...

Sharon Osbourne arriving for X Factor auditions

Simon flashed an awkward peace sign...

Simon Cowell flashed an awkward peace sign

And Dermot looked pleased to make his X Factor return.

Dermot O'Leary at X Factor auditions

The X Factor will air on ITV later this year.