We really enjoy watching The X Factor and my husband and I were super-pleased to receive tickets to watch the auditions on Monday 28th May. We travelled up to Greenwich, London, on the Sunday before and stayed overnight in The Pilot Inn just a hair-spit away from the O2. We enjoyed two-for-one on cocktails in The Slug and Lettuce and shared some food (all of which was delicious) in the evening.
So, after a lovely evening I was really looking forward to a nice sleep but thanks to a chemical fire at a factory somewhere nearby, I was woken really early (04.30) by what sounded like an air-raid siren! And it went on for what seemed like forever! Knowing I needed to be awake by 06.30 really didn't help - I get kind of grumpy when sleep deprived!
Finally the moaning-minnie sound stopped then before I knew it, my wake-up alarm was going off! So, with my grumpy head on, I readied for The Queueing.
It's a pleasant walk up the Greenwich Peninsula to the O2 and after a fabulous omelette breakfast at the Inn, we strolled up there and I felt a little more normal (well, normal for me). Even at 9.00 in the morning the sun was already out and shining.
We started lining up in the pens at about 09.00 and eventually moved inside around 11.45. The heat was intense and we had to put up an umbrella for a little shade. We did manage to snap some shots of the judges though, so although the wait was long I think it was worth it! I thought I'd share some of the photos I took:
|After cocktails and food, looking pretty quiet but a lovely evening.|
|Our early morning view of the smoke from the fire, the siren was really loud!|
|Morning strolling around to the other side of the O2.|
|The weather was amazingly hot.|
|Rita Ora looked stunning, her glasses were very cool!|
|Louis Walsh spent a lot of time posing with fans.|
|Gary Barlow attracted a lot of screams from the fans!|
|Tulisa was looking beautiful, she's my favourite judge! She spent the most time posing with fans and signing things.|
|Aren't Tulisa's shoes fab? They're by Kandee|
And finally, if you really, really want to hear something annoying here's the siren sound:
I can't wait to watch the show on TV, how about you? Are you an X Factor fan? Who is your favourite judge?
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