X Factor auditions will begin on Wednesday after a two-day delay following the death of show supremo Simon Cowell’s mother.

The family of the music mogul announced that Julie Cowell died on Sunday at 89.

Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester today but were cancelled.

Julie Cowell, Simon's recently deceased mumSimon’s mum Julie (Lewis Whyld/PA)

A spokesman for Syco Entertainment said: ”We can confirm that the X Factor auditions scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled.

“We will now start auditions in Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday this week.”

Simon will attend auditions on both days, it was added.

X Factor audition queuesBarriers up, but no queuing until Wednesday folks! (Ian West/PA)

The first try-outs for the new-look show were expected to be attended by Simon and fellow judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, as well as new presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Announcing Julie’s death on Sunday, the family said it was heartbroken and would “miss her terribly”.

“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 statement said.

Julie and Simon Cowell, plus SinittaJulie with son Simon and singer Sinitta in May this year (Steve Parsons/PA)

Julie was the mother of four boys – Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael – and step-mother to John and June.

A spokesman for the family added: “We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie’s privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time.”