It was all kicking off at the X Factor yesterday

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As the X Factor began its eight-day search to find the next big superstar in London yesterday, auditions certainly started with a bang.

In the quite literal sense.

While Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora judged this year’s bunch of wannabes, it was the scenes off stage that had everybody talking.

Security had to be massively stepped up after a ‘huge fight’ between three female friends kicked off in the crowd – just a few feet from the judges.

An onlooker exclusively told Now: ‘All of a sudden one of the girls flipped and launched herself at her mate. The third friend tried to break it up, but the three of them then ended up in a huge fight. It was terrifying, there were families with young children sat just a few rows away.

‘The floor security quickly rushed over and forcibly dragged them out kicking and screaming – one of them even took a swing at the two guards that were trying to restrain her. It was absolutely crazy, it was like she was possessed.’

Despite the dramatic scenes capturing most of the attention from the three thousand strong audience at Wembley arena, we’re told the judges and singer on stage failed to react and draw even more attention to the group.

Our inside source revealed a worker at Wembley later told them: ‘The three girls were swiftly evicted from the venue. The police were not called.’

If this is happening in the crowd, we can’t wait to see what’s happening on camera!

And we can’t help but think back to possibly the greatest audition of all time…. Ablisa!