X Factor judges arrive in Glasgow for first round of auditions


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It was sunshine and smiles for The X Factor judges as they arrived for the first of this year's auditions.

Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne were greeted with cheers as they made their way into the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel.

Osbourne made the most glamorous entrance with a muscular, topless, kilted man on each arm. She was one of the show's original judges from 2004 to 2007 and has come back for The X Factor's 10th year.

When asked about taking over from former judge Tulisa Contostavlos, she said: "Nobody could replace anyone. It was just great to come back for the 10th anniversary."

In reference to Scherzinger, Osbourne said: "I love her. I've known her for a long time, she's fantastic."

Barlow was tight-lipped about the show and declined to comment, but Walsh could not hide his enthusiasm. He said: "I'm happy, I'm nervous and I'm looking for stars."

Meanwhile Scherzinger appears to be settling into British life with ease, choosing to talk about the weather as she arrived.

"I love it here. It's such a gorgeous day. Is the sun always shining or did I just bring it?" she quipped.

"I'm looking for great talent. I'm just looking to be of service to you."

She also said she is excited to be working with Osbourne.