X Factor 2014 runner up Fleur East led the charge at the Metro Radio Arena

Review: The X Factor Tour, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Andrea Faustini were among The X Factor class of 2014 who sang for an excitable crowd on Tyneside

Britain's Got Talent judging panel

Britain's Got Talent is visiting a Northumberland charity to find contestants for its new series

Producers of the hit TV show are looking for the next big star at Bedlington's Leading Link - home to the Northumberland's Got Talent contest

The X Factor Tour logo 2015

X Factor as live tour dates go on sale before live shows start

Following the selection of the 12 finalists in the ITV1 show, the live tour of the X Factor has booked a date at the Metro Radio Arena

Teaser: Steven Taylor

Taylor proves he's got the X-Factor

STEVEN Taylor insisted he had the X-Factor after the centre-back hit back at the training ground mickey takers following his early goal in the 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.

Kate Thornton

It’s Strictly come Thornton

SHE has been one of the most recognisable faces on TV over the last few years.

Tech Notes with Lewis Harrison

IF you tune in every Saturday to watch Simon Cowell ripping apart some poor kid’s rendition of Flying Without Wings, then you’re one of millions who love a good talent contest.

Exams not vital to be your own boss

ACADEMIC qualifications are far from vital to being a successful entrepreneur, according to a new report.

Barrymore held in murder probe

Tv star Michael Barrymore was being held last night by police investigating the murder of a man found dead in his swimming pool six years ago.

Awesome foursome have converted me!

Take four good-looking lads, groom them, add a pinch of top-notch marketing, and what do you get?

It's the divine Il Divo

Simon Cowell may have raised a few eyebrows when he signed novelty acts like Teletubbies and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, but he struck gold with Il Divo.

Cowell £40m richer

Music mogul Simon Cowell's wealth has ballooned by an extra £40m in just one year, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

Leona savours fairytale moment

  • ITV

X Factor winner Leona Lewis looks set to seal a fairytale year with a Christmas number one single.

Reclusive, overweight, receding quiff – simply brilliant

Morrissey at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Drinks are on us

An off-licence chain is braced today for a rush of customers after a 40% discount offer was widely circulated via email.

Hot ticket

The Puppini Sisters, Monday, Newcastle Carling Academy, 0870 771-2000

Charlotte under fire

Simon Cowell has criticised Charlotte Church - warning other young wannabe stars "don't go there".

Four-star hotel bought by Sir Alex-link firm

A four star Tyneside hotel has been taken over by a company with links to Sir Alex Ferguson and David Frost.

Search for the singing stars of countryside

Budding singers from the countryside are being invited to take part in an X-Factor-style competition to earn a place on the stage at the City Hall in Newcastle.

TV's new trend-setters

  • BBC

Singer Mica Paris and model Lisa Butcher are about to give one of TV's favourite make-over shows a make-over of its own, as they take over as the new style queens on What Not To Wear.

Doing it his way

He is still in his teens, but despite appearances, Peter Grant is not your average young man.


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