Not all of us can make the cut but judges of X Factor always know how to show who's boss! With auditions for the hit musical talent show officially kicking off, judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are joined by newbies Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw in Manchester for the start of the new season.
Having only lost his mother Julie just days before, veteran X Factor judge Simon put on a brave face as his faced the crowds at the arena. Receiving a standing ovation as filming commenced, Simon has dedicated this series of X Factor to his mother, whose "favourite" show was the programme itself.
Speaking to The Sun, Cowell said; "You all know I had something happen in my personal life this week. Well. This was my mum's favourite show so I am doing it in memory of her."
Despite skipping the red carpet appearance prior to filming, Simon left the arena after the first round of auditions in seemingly good spirits, smiling as he headed back to his hotel.
Brownie points to Simon for keeping things positive!
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Video Credit: The X Factor UK
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