It’s been making stars since 2004, but does the X Factor still have the same appeal?
It’s launched the careers of people like Little Mix, One Direction and Olly Murs, but over in Margate, it seems people aren’t all that interested any more.
The ITV talent show visited the seaside town, on the Kent coast, on Monday to hold auditions, but hardly anyone turned up according to Kent Live.
The newspaper reports that just a handful of hopefuls, including some prolific auditionees, turned up when show bosses held open auditions at Dreamland, in Margate.
Philip Hadlow was among those to try his luck though.
The 47-year-old, from Margate, has auditioned for the show a number of times, first giving it a go in 2009.
His audition even made it onto television last year.
Dressed in a purple T-shirt and tartan shorts, Phil introduced himself to judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.
When asked why he thought he had the X Factor, he told them: “Various people over the years have said, ‘Oh you’ve got a strong good voice’.”
His rendition of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up didn’t impress the judges though.
He stumbled through the words and didn’t even make it to the chorus before Simon raised his hand and said: “This isn’t working”.
Another familiar face who went along to sing for producers was Hercules Smith, who was recently seen on Gary Barlow’s rival talent show, Let It Shine.
The 34-year-old, who grew up in South Africa, was five weeks into the process to find a boy band to star in Gary’s new musical before being sent home.
He told Kent Live: “I was fortunate enough to get as far as I did but I didn’t really suit what they were looking for. I’m more of an operatic classical singer, and I suppose my age played a part in that too. But they gave me a chance and I sung my heart out.”
He added: “Let it Shine was my stepping stone but I don’t think it was the right competition for me.
“Looking at the X Factor, Saara Alto that was on there – she has a big voice – and I also think that I can sing a whole lot of genres with the voice that I have.”
Mirror Online has contacted The X Factor for comment and to ask how many people auditioned in Margate.