X Factor auditions to be held in clubs rather than arenas this year?

Last week Newcastle was said to have been dropped from the open auditions stage of The X Factor, and now it seems hopefuls could be set to experience even MORE change - with rumours suggesting that auditions could be held in clubs rather than arenas.

However, before you start imagining some poor sod attempting to belt out Adele's 'Someone Like You' in the local Oceana while a load of drunk clubbers carry on about their partying business, just hold up a second - because we're not talking about nightclubs.

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In actual fact, it's been reported that the auditions could be held in jazz and working men's clubs across the country in an attempt to give a more 'intimate' feel to proceedings, and fit in with Simon Cowell's rumoured 'back to basics' revamp of the show.

A production source told The Sun: "We always talk about the singer's 'journey', but visually the live shows don't seem much different from the auditions.

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"We need a significant point of difference between the audition and the live show. Smaller venues is the latest idea, and it's one we quite like as it's new and could feel fresh."

Another change could set to be the judging panel - with Sharon Osbourne now the bookies favourite to be re-joining the show for the 2013 series. What do you make of the potential shake up? 

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