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'The X Factor' U.K. open auditions in 2014; contestant minimum age lowered to 14

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"The X Factor" U.K. has announced details of the show's open auditions for 2014. In addition, "The X Factor" U.K. has once again lowered the minimum age for contestants to 14 years old. The previous minimum age was 16 years old, during the years 2009 to 2013. The show's contestant minimum age was 14 years old from 2004 to 2008.

Open auditions and mobile booth auditions are not attended by "The X Factor" judges. Instead, "The X Factor" producers choose from these auditions which contestants will go on to audition for "The X Factor" judges. "The X Factor" U.K.

As of this writing Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are the only two "X Factor" U.K. judges announced for 2014. The show's other two judges should be officially announced by May 2014. Louis Walsh (who has been with "The X Factor" U.K. since its 2004 debut) is expected to remain a judge on the show in 2014. Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon and Fergie are rumored to be among the candidates to become a judge on the show.

It has already been officially announced that Dermot O'Leary will continue to host "The X Factor" U.K. in 2014. He has been with the show since 2007.

Here are details about "The X Factor" open auditions and mobile booth auditions:

Open Auditions

April 5, 2014: Dublin — Convention Centre
April 9, 2014: Plymouth, England — Holiday Inn
April 10, 2014: Cardiff, Wales — Mecure Holland House
April 13, 2014: London — Emirates Football Ground
April 23, 2014: Birmingham, England — Birmingham City Football Ground
April 27, 2014: Edinburgh, Scotland — Murrayfield Stadium
April 30, 2014: Newcastle, England — The Sage
May 3, 2014: Manchester, England — venue to be announced
May 5, 2014: Liverpool, England — Liverpool Convention Centre

Mobile Booth Auditions

(For location details, go to the official "X Factor" U.K. website.)

March 24, 2014: Cork, Ireland
March 25 and March 26, 2014: Belfast, Northern Ireland
March 30, 2014: Newquay, England
March 31, 2014: Exeter, England
April 1, 2014: Bournemouth, England
April 2, 2014: Southampton, England
April 3, 2014: Bristol, England
April 4, 2014: Newport, Wales
April 5, 2014: Barry Island, Wales
April 6, 2014: Swansea, Wales
April 8, 2014: Essex, England
April 8, 2014: Leicester, England
April 9, 2014: Brighton, England
April 9, 2014: Norwich, England
April 15, 2014: Sunderland, England
April 15, 2014: Middlesbrough, England
April 15, 2014: South Shields, England
April 16, 2014: Durham, England
April 18, 2014: Dundee, Scotland
April 18, 2014: Glasgow, Scotland
April 19, 2014: Aberdeen, Scotland
April 19, 2014: Ayr, Scotland
April 23, 2014: Solihull, England
April 23, 2014: Dudley, England
April 24, 2014: Coventry, England
April 24, 2014: Wolverhampton, England
April 25, 2014: Warrington, England
April 25, 2014: Leeds, England
April 26, 2014: Hull, England
April 26, 2014: Sheffield, England
April 27, 2014: Birkenhead, England
April 27, 2014: Blackpool, England
April 28, 2014: Bolton, England
April 28, 2014: Widnes, England

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