Simon Cowell and Cheryl’s X Factor banter is HILARIOUS!

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After a long ol’ day in the office, we braved the torrential rain and headed to The Picturehouse Theatre in London’s Picadilly Circus for the VERY exclusive X Factor press launch.

Hanging out with Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack isn’t the worst way to spend a Wednesday evening, let’s just say that…

Oh, and this year’s Xtra Factor presenters Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom were also there, just to add that extra sparkle!

As for judge Rita Ora, she had prior commitments in LA dah-ling.

When we arrived, fans were gathered outside in their hundreds, (or thousands? We didn’t count…), and when the judges did arrive, it went Mental. With a capital M.

Caroline and Olly, presenters of this year’s show, were practically glued at the hip as they sauntered down the red carpet looking glam and gorge. As soon as they were onto hard-wood floor, girl-after-our-own-hearts Caroline headed straight to the buffet table and nabbed three sarnies.

Olly was also overhead saying, ‘Food!? Food!?’.

Cheryl and Simon did several chats with eager journalists and although Chez has received her fair share of criticism lately over her slim frame, she’s still BE-AU-TIFUL. In fact, our eyes went a bit heart-shaped when we saw the 32-year-old stunner. The hair, the dimples, the dress…we’re in love!

While he did still look good, Simon was a little less glam, rocking up in jeans, his trademark white tee and a rather bristly chin. Yup, Mr Cowell, 55, has gone to the dark side and was sporting the beginnings of a beard. Either that, or his razor’s gone walkabout.

After chats with the stars, we tucked into a few smoked salmon sandwiches (our Now writer also indulged in TWO slices of chocolate brownie…GUILTY!), and then headed into the screening room for an exclusive peek at this Saturday’s X Factor episode.

We won’t spoil it for you just yet but it’s kind of a must-see. Just saying.

Catch The X Factor this Saturday at 8pm on ITV.