The audience were selected from over 200,000 applicants, so as you can imagine, they were fairly fanatical once they arrived. Hereâs what they had to say.
Who is your favourite X Factor act of all time?
Tulisa: I want to say JLS because they were the first successful group, but then you have to give it to Leona Lewisâ¦
Kelly: For me I would definitely say Leona Lewis, I love how sheâs been able to just completely showcase British talent all over the world.
Dermot: Kelly have you been cramming? Since you got the gig youâve been cramming, right?
Kelly: Well no, you have to remember that I always loved the show but then when Leona stepped on the scene it was different.
Gary: Leona for me, definitely. But I must say, I liked Matt from last year.
How did you find it with the crowd behind you?
Gary: I think it helps us in some way to see things we donât see. We always say the audience is the fifth judge. But then sometimes we say, âDo you know what? Everybody stop booing please.â? But, no, itâs good. The crowd reaction is obviously important because weâre viewing people and thinking, âhow is an audience going to respond to this?â? and the crowd really helps because theyâre showing us how they respond, so it is important.
I wanted to ask Kelly, did you pay for the guy [featured on Saturdayâs episode] to get the tattoo on his bum?
Kelly: No, âcos heâd have to pay me back.
Dermot: But she can confirm that she wasnât number eight.
Gary, do you think youâre a better judge than Simon was?
Gary: Of course [jokes]. I mean listen, Simon is the master of this, so weâre all listening to what heâs telling us, and itâs going to be a tough role to fill, but weâre trying, weâre trying.
Which category would you each prefer to have this year?
Tulisa: Iâve got the producers over there giving me the eye saying âdonât, say, anything!â? Erm, we canât say too much, all I will say is thereâs two in particular that I really, really like. But do you know, Iâm not sure the producers, yes, Sid and Ben, if theyâre gonna stitch me up or not. I mean you could get something that you really want to mentor, or just for fun, they might give you the opera singer.
Kelly: But you know, I think that the talent that weâve seen throughout the cities has been phenomenal, and it makes it hard, because now weâre narrowing things down a bit and, when you look at the olders and you look at the guys and you look at that ladies and then the groupsâ¦ itâs like really? Itâs coming this year.
Dermot: You meet so many people coming on.
Kelly: Yeah, but theyâre all talented, the talent is so big. Itâs amazing.
Do you think itâs harder to get to the top now, or do you think it was harder back when you all started?
Tulisa: I think thereâs more opportunity, but thereâs also more talent, so that makes it just as hard.
Kelly: But I think itâs also about hard work, itâs about how hard someone wants to work in-order to get a ticket to the top. Because when you get to the top, if you want to stay at the top, itâs always going to be hard.
Gary: Itâs always been hard and it always will be.
I wanted to speak to the new judges; I just wanted to find out: do you think that a group will ever win the X Factor?
Tulisa: It really does depend on the voters, on the groupâ¦ I mean itâs a tough one, a lot of the groups that have been on the past X Factors have all been young, so they appeal to a young audience. It would be good this year to find something different. A group that appeals to all ages, I think thatâs the issue, to get every single vote you need that act that just branches out to everyone. But I think itâs possible, definitely.
Dermot: Louis, weâve been so close in the past havenât we, with people that came second, JLSâ¦
Louis: Yeah, I mean, One Direction didnât win last year and theyâve had a massive career. JLS, you know, G4; thereâs always good groups, I think our groups this year are gonna be better than ever. I think a group could win this year.
Dermot: Do you?
Louis: I do, yeah.
Iâd just like to ask Gary, with your clean-cut image and everything, how you feel about being dubbed âMr Nastyâ??
Gary: Itâs an interesting one, because obviously Iâm very serious about music, so when someone walks onstageâ¦ Iâm a big supporter of new talent, and I just want to be honest with them. Iâm almost giving them a disservice by saying something that isnât true, so Iâm trying to be honest with them. At that point itâs how you perceive it: is it harsh? Is it cruel? Iâm just being honest.
I wanted to ask Tulisa, what has been your best part of being on the judging panel?
Tulisa: I think everything from the experience and chance is a big blessing for me. But the best part of actual filming was boot camp, which weâve just started, because weâre finally getting down to the nitty gritty, and weâre actually finding out about the contestants, finding out more about them, what theyâre like, and who really has the potential to win. So now Iâm excited. Before I think, the first day, I felt like I was being judged by the nation, rather than being a judge, and now I feel like Iâm an X Factor judge.
Whatâs been your highlight of being in the series so far?
Gary: A highlight is when someone great walks on stage, and weâve had a lot of that. But sometimes we sit, two or three hours go by and weâve seen pure rubbish coming on, and all of a sudden, bang! A light comes through and thatâs amazing, itâs an amazing feeling and weâre excited about it.
I just wanted to ask Tulisa, Why didnât you smash him [George from Saturdayâs episode] straight in the face?
Tulisa: Well, if it was ten years ago I wouldâve, but Iâm an X Factor judge now and Iâm not allowed to.
How difficult is it or how easy is it to hold it down (strong emphasis on down) when you have someone like George that comes up with that kind of an attitude? And thatâs to my friend Kelly, how do you hold it down Kelly? Tell me.
Kelly: How do you hold it down? You completely try to keep your cool and remember that you have to be professional and that youâre an example, and not to act like a fool, because that [George] was foolery, obviously. Foolery means youâre acting like a fool [laughs]. But just donât fall into that, itâs ridiculous, nobody wants to act like him. How would it look if sheâd have do the same thing he did? Sheâs [Tulisaâs] much bigger, in a better position, in a bigger position and sheâs blessed. So why would she go on and do that? So Tulisa, I give here so much kudos, âcos where Iâm from, we fight.
Dermot: Texas styleâ¦
Mr Barlow, I just like to encourage you to be as stern as you are, because the way you looked at the judging panel [after Goldieâs performance on Saturdayâs episode] â¦ I feel you. I donât want you to get swayed by any, any of the sort ofâ¦ I donât want you to get soft. Continue as you are.
Gary: the trick is to not spend too much time with Louis.
Louis: But hey, Goldie was fun. Did everybody like Goldie here? [Muted cheers]
Kelly: the thing is weâre here to find entertainers as well as singers, and did she entertain you?
Kelly: If he asked a question about Goldie then obviously she was memorable, and entertainingâ¦
This is to Kelly Rowland, I want to know what you think about Derry Mensa?
Kelly: Iâm sorry?
Derry Mensa, heâs in boot camp right now.
Kelly: Derry? Yeah, Derry is adorable, Derry isâ¦ cheeky, as you guys say? We like Derry, we definitely love Derry.
My question is to Kelly.Â Whatâs it like being able to balance recording your album and bringing it out, because I know your album just came out and itâs amazing, by the way. Whatâs it like balancing being on X Factor and promoting your album and stuff?
Dermot: Did you bring her?
Kelly: No, no Dermot, come on. Itâs been interesting balancing, but it has been inspiring. The contestants inspire you to be a better as an artist, you see yourself in the position they were in, and just trying out, and the different challenges that weâre giving them and itâs so exciting. I mean I love music, but it just takes it up like a million infinite notches, itâs crazy. I love it.