Hundreds turned out for the Scottish X Factor auditions in Glasgow today (May 1), despite the blustery, rainy conditions, showing just how determined they are to make it onto the new series of the show.
Host Dermot O’Leary whipped the crowds into a frenzy as they made their way round a massive winding queue, stopping to speak to some of the hopefuls who had turned up for the first lot of auditions for the 2013 series.
He told stv.tv: “We always do some filming before and we do some links and the crowd are great. The two crowds who always turn out for us are Glasgow and Cardiff, they are always really up for it.”
But Dermot said he’d love to see a Scot go all the way on this year’s show, with those north of the border failing to make as much impact as those from other parts of the UK in recent years.
“We need to really have it translate into people moving to the final,” he said.
We need to have a least a Scottish finalist [if not a winner]!”
Dermot was keeping schtum on which judges will be on the panel this year, but did reveal a format change this year which will see the hopefuls asked audition in a room in front of just the judges, rather than in front of a crowd-filled auditorium.
“A lot of people find it harder. If you can sing, you can sing in front of 5,000 people and a lot of people come to do that, so the idea of having to nail it in that intimate setting is going to be a lot more difficult,” Dermot said.
Some of the hopefuls stopped to talk to stv.tv, and told us what they think will make them stand out at this year’s auditions.
Ali - who introduced himself via a tune on his guitar! - said: "I think this is my time, I'm ready.
"I live and breathe music, it's my oxygen, so this is why I'm here."
Nicole Preston, from Belfast, said: "I think I've always loved Scotland. I've been a few times and it's local, it's the handiest place to come really."
Click on the video above to find out from loads more X Factor hopefuls!