It all starts here as Cheryl, Rita, Simon and Nick Grimshaw open the auditions in Manchester.

Nick Grimshaw, the openly gay Radio 1 presenter looked refreshed and happy at the launch event for X FACTOR 2016.

Greeted by a throng of fans, the 50% new judging panel, which includes Rita Ora, Cheryl, Nick and Simon beamed as they took selfies and signed autographs.

Louis Walsh was dumped / or left, depending on which paper you read, earlier in the year, as the long-standing judge was swapped out for Nick Grimshaw.

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