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The latest series of The X Factor continued to perform strongly in the ratings as the auditions shows continued on Saturday night.

According to overnight figures the latest instalment of the show – which featured appearances from 2012 semi-finalists Rough Copy and former 90s boyband Next Of Kin – pulled in an impressive 9.1m viewers between 8 and 9pm.

And the peak audience gave the series one of its biggest viewing figures so far this series as a massive 10.4m tuned in.

That gave the show over a million more viewers than the equivalent edition in 2012 – although it benefitted from having the schedules all to itself in the absence of Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC One show narrowly beat X Factor in the ratings last Saturday night when its launch show was screened, despite the two programmes having only a 10-minute overlap.

ITV have one more week to themselves before Strictly returns, kicking off the series proper with a double bill of live shows on September 27 and 28.

Saturday’s X Factor featured the third round of ‘intimate’ auditions in front of the judging panel, with another batch of hopefuls aiming to win a place at Wembley Arena.

Others who impressed the judges included East London quintet Kingsland, teenage singer Giles Potter, reggae songwrtier Souli Roots and 20-year-old Stephanie Woods – who narrowly missed out on the finals in 2007 when she was just 14.