She certainly knows how to make an entrance! Geri Halliwell ensures she's the star of the show as she arrives for first day of X Factor auditions

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By Sarah Bull

There is enough hype about this year's X Factor panel already, with a lot of speculation about who the new judge would be.

But as Geri Halliwell arrived for the first day of auditions today in Liverpool, she clearly thought there was not enough excitement surrounding this year's show.

So, after rolling up in a big black car, leaning out of the window to wave at fans, Geri decided to clamber on top of the vehicle and grab the tannoy control in a bid to attract even more attention.

She knows how to make an entrance! Geri Halliwell clambered on top of her car as she arrived at the X Factor auditions in Liverpool today

And it seems that the stunt was entirely unplanned, as Geri's outfit certainly wasn't suitable for her clambering around.

As she headed to the arena for the first day of auditions, Geri showed off her figure in a tight-fitting backless blue lace dress, paired with white ankle boots.

She wore her strawberry blonde hair short and curly for the occasion, and left her make-up minimal.

Out she goes! After sitting in the car, Geri decided sh wanted to attract more attention to herself

Careful! Geri had to be very cautious so as to not reveal too much in her blue backless lace minidress

And with Geri's antics as she made her entrance, the rest of the X Factor judges stood no chance of competing with the former Spice Girls star in the attention stakes.

Her fellow female judge, Tulisa Contostavlos, opted for a cute and flirty floral Lipsy minidress, cinched in at the waist with a studded black belt.

She topped off the outfit with a pair of red heels, also going for curly hair as she posed for photographers outside her hotel before heading to the auditions.

Ginger Spice is back! Geri looked more than a little excited to be back in the spotlight as she rolled up to auditions

Hiya! Geri stuck her head out of the window to greet the waiting fans as her car pulled up

The Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack also went for a floral look - changing up her usual shorts for a flirty skater-style skirt with a black vest top and peep-toe heels.

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh also changed up his look for this year's auditions, switching his usual slicked down hair for a more trendy gelled look.

It was reported earlier this week that Geri - who previously appeared on a episodes of the show as a guest judge at the audition stages in 2010 - would be acting as one of a number of stand-ins for Dannii Minogue, who pulled out of negotiations to return to the show last week.

Differing styles: While Geri opted for a blue lace dress and white ankle boots, Tulisa Contostavlos went for a fun and flirty Lipsy number

Other stars believed to be lined up include Robbie Williams, Tinie Tempah, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys.

It remains to be seen how Geri does on the show this time around, as her last go on the panel in Glasgow in 2010 saw her get booed by the audience.

However it is hoped the change in judging panel last year to include Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos could mean she will fair better this time.

Dressed to impress: As Tulisa pulled up, she carefully angled herself as she got out of the car to greet fans

Meeting and greeting: Tulisa took time to meet her fans and sign autographs before heading inside

A source told The Sun: 'This is a new panel and Geri might have better chemistry with them. Guest stars bring excitement but they are also a gamble.'

Dannii reportedly snubbed a £1 million offer to return to the show after she wanted more money due to the recent revelations Simon Cowell had a brief fling with her.

Fun and floral: Caroline Flack swapped her usual shorts for a cute skater-style skirt

Here come the boys: The X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary and judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh