The X factor auditions 2013 will kick off their big searches is later this month, it has been confirmed.
Show bosses of this week denied there had been poor turnouts at their mobile audition venues over the past week, stating that is the big open auditions will starts at the end of April.
Last year auditions were held at Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and London but this year it is widely expected that Liverpool and Newcastle will be dropped from the tour lineup.
Instead, producers are looking at taking the auditions to a brand-new city in the form of Plymouth as well as back to Birmingham.
A spokesperson for the X factor said this week: “These ‘mobile’ auditions give people a chance from around the country who may not be able to get to the bigger auditions.
"The X Factor is way bigger than it was when it first started and this is in no way indicative of a decline in popularity.
“For the mobile, the highest we have had was in Great Yarmouth and Hull, where we had about 100 people attending.
“The lowest was Colchester with only 22, so the numbers do vary from location to location. But applications are in the thousands and are strong and healthy this year.”
The spokesperson confirmed: "The X Factor mobile auditions which have recently taken place are on a much smaller scale than the open auditions which start this month.
"The numbers attending the mobile auditions have varied from location to location and are on a par with last year when we first found our winner James Arthur."