You're in for a frill! Glamorous Nicole Scherzinger shows off her legs in a feminine dress as she clings to Sharon Osbourne when the judges bring X Factor auditions to Thorpe Park

There's always plenty of nerves in the audition room - but it was the X Factor judges who were feeling nauseous on Sunday, as the first rounds headed for Thorpe Park.

Nicole Scherzinger lead the panel to the Surrey theme park in the first set of auditions of its kind this weekend, after producers teased plenty of shake-ups for the new season.

Less thrill-seeker and more frill-seeker in a ladylike pink dress, the beautiful brunette held Sharon Osbourne's hand as Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and host Dermot O'Leary arrived at the attraction on a tour bus.

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Giddy: Nicole Scherzinger (right) and Sharon Osbourne (left) were pictured arriving at Surrey theme park Thorpe Park on Sunday for X Factor auditions with their fellow judges

Giddy: Nicole Scherzinger (right) and Sharon Osbourne (left) were pictured arriving at Surrey theme park Thorpe Park on Sunday for X Factor auditions with their fellow judges

Though Thorpe Park boasts such popular rides as Stealth, Tidal Wave and Colossus, Nicole looked far for theme-park ready.

She wore a leggy summer dress with gold heels and a tight, nude belt around her middle.

Bringing the glamour in shades and perfectly coiffed hair, the singer was prepped for the panel, but not so much the rides.

Frill-seeker: Nicole was certainly better prepared for the panel, than the rides

Back together:  Louis Walsh (left) and Dermot O'Leary (right) looked excited to be at the theme park

Back together: Louis Walsh (left) and Dermot O'Leary (right) looked excited to be at the theme park

Even Mrs O looked apprehensive; holding her counterpart's hand and raising her head to the sky to see the peak of some of the country's tallest rides.

Sharon was dressed in a simple white shirt and black trousers and looked giddy as ever to meet some of this year's singing hopefuls.

The auditions have already toured the country with stops at Manchester, Edinburgh and London, but the show has never been hosted at a theme park in its 12-series history. 

Dominic Jones, Divisional Director of Thorpe Park said, 'We're delighted to welcome The X Factor judges to our thrill island.  

The team: Alongside the Thorpe Park location, Simon Cowell (second left) is said to have put a few things in place to 'shake up' the format for 2018

The team: Alongside the Thorpe Park location, Simon Cowell (second left) is said to have put a few things in place to 'shake up' the format for 2018

He added: 'The whole park is so excited to host The X Factor, it really is a staple of British television. There has been a brilliant buzz on park today, and we can't wait for more action tomorrow.'   

Producers confirmed last week that they believed the 'unconventional location' would create some 'funny footage'.

Hinting that the judges would have to get stuck in too, insiders at X Factor also told The Sun: 'They want to get shots of the judges on white-knuckle rides.'

It was just last weekend that a shake-up to the format of the show was reported - from the acts all the way through to the scheduling - in a bid to save ratings.

Feeling happy? It was believed that the theme park content would create more entertainment for viewers

Feeling happy? It was believed that the theme park content would create more entertainment for viewers

Simon, 57, was said to be considering altering the tried and tested Saturday and Sunday live shows in terms of their content.

While the last few seasons of the show have seen the contestants perform tracks to the studio audience on the Saturday and then return to face the results of the public vote on the Sunday, it's said that Simon wants this to happen on both evenings going forward.

What's more, the music mogul has supposedly expressed that special guest performers - usually reserved for the Sunday shows - appear on both nights, rather than featuring two every Sunday.

There's also rumblings that he wants to cut the number of live weeks down from 10 to six. 

To round off the changes, Simon is said to have had it with novelty acts such as Jedward or Wagner from seasons' past, after last year Honey G came a little too close to potentially winning the entire series. 

Hold on tight, Mrs O! The team are believed to have tried some of the rides on the day

Hold on tight, Mrs O! The team are believed to have tried some of the rides on the day

 

 

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