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

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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
Louis Walsh is back on The X Factor (Rui Vieira/PA)

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 arrived in Leicester in this garish number for X Factor auditions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Nicole Scherzinger at X Factor auditions
Nicole Scherzinger at X Factor auditions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Louis was clearly excited to be back...

Louis Walsh arriving for X Factor auditions in Leicester
Louis Walsh arriving for X Factor auditions in Leicester (Rui Vieira/PA)

Sharon had a lot of love for fans...

Sharon Osbourne arriving for X Factor auditions
Sharon Osbourne arriving for X Factor auditions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Simon flashed an awkward peace sign...

Simon Cowell flashed an awkward peace sign
Simon Cowell flashed an awkward peace sign (Rui Vieira/PA)

And Dermot looked pleased to make his X Factor return.

Dermot O'Leary at X Factor auditions
Dermot O'Leary at X Factor auditions (Rui Vieira/PA)

The X Factor will air on ITV later this year.