X Factor bosses may come under fire for axing the Irish audition round in the latest series which is due to kick off in April.

The move comes despite the success of Irish acts, Jedward and last year’s contestant Mary Byrne, who have both received subsequent recording contracts.

A show spokesman confirmed to The Sun: “We are not going to Ireland this year”.

It has also been revealed that the judges will take the talent search to Liverpool for the first time in The X Factor history.

A source added: “There are only so many places we can go for auditions. We went to Dublin last year, but we haven’t been to Liverpool so we thought we should do it this year.

“Obviously this is a blow to the Irish contestants, but it’s only a short hop across the Irish Sea to Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that none of the judges have signed up for the new series, with only weeks to go before the auditions are set to take place.

It is thought that both Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue will sign for another series, but Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole’s positions are less certain.

The X Factor boss is due to make an announcement regarding the line-up of the American version in the next few weeks with rumours speculating that Cheryl Cole and Dermot O’Leary join him on the US show.

ITV bosses are said to be keen to do everything possible to keep Simon in the UK show, even offering a private jet to fly him back and forth from America, The Sun has reported.