The 2012 X Factor auditions kicked off in Liverpool today and we’ve been tweeting and reporting on the whos, whats and whys all day.
The latest thing to come to our attention is the rather strict rule that’s been implemented for this series of the talent show.
During the auditions this afternoon, one of the show’s producers came out on stage and announced that there is to be no booing during auditions.
So no matter how bad, funny or rude the singers are, the audience have to keep their negative opinions to themselves – tweeting, whispering and un-approving faces are still allowed, mind you.
Gary puts his foot down
Gary Barlow reiterated the point when he came out to start his judging duties. Insisting that booing was banned.
Apparently it was a bit like being told off by your dad.
Geri gets a few groans
One person who did receive a few boos at today’s auditions was temporary judge Geri Halliwell.
When Gezza turned up sporting a tight, blue dress, the ex-Spice Girl was greeted by chants of her name.
But as she jumped on top of a car and started rattling on, using a megaphone to reach the guys at the back, the odd boo, groan and moan could be heard coming from the crowd.
During her speech, Geri spoke kindly about fellow female judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
“Tulisa is so hot. We only just met last night. I hope we become friends. She's so lovely.”
Tulisa said nothing in reply.
So what do you think – should booing be banned at the X Factor auditions?