The former Spice Girl looked calm and relaxed as she lead her fellow judges, but she wasn’t the only newbie making her debut at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground auditions.
Sarah Jane Crawford, who is replacing ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Caroline Flack, was also making her first public appearance as one of the ‘X Factor’ gang.
Both newcomers played it safe in the wardrobe department, with Mel going for a simple black, long-sleeved top and miniskirt while Sarah donned a white shirt and leather skirt.
Is it just us though, or do Mel’s legs look a little… tangoed?
Wisely, Sarah appears to have laid off the bronzer, limiting her use of colour to a slick of vibrant lipstick.
Cheryl Cole, who is returning to the show after a four year hiatus, wisely left her purple flares at home and sported a simple white number with turquoise heels.
Presenter Dermot O'Leary was all smiles as he made his arrival shortly after Louis Walsh, who struck the signature ‘X’ pose before making his way inside.
Last up was Simon Cowell, who posed for a few pictures with waiting fans before joining his fellow judges for the first time inside the auditions.
Despite the fact the judges have barely got into their seats, there’s apparently already been plenty of drama as newcomer Mel is reportedly refusing to play the Miss Nasty role Simon Cowell had planned.
See all the snaps of the judges arriving at the Manchester auditions below….