Auditions for the X Factor have been cancelled following the death of Simon Cowell's mother. The talent show was due to start filming today in Manchester but will now no longer go ahead.
Julie Cowell, died yesterday at the age of 89. It's reported she had a stroke.
In a statement the Cowell family said: "Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace."
A show source told The Sun: "Everyone at X Factor is devastated for Simon and there was no suggestion that filming would go ahead."
This year, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora will sit on the panel alongside Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Simon.