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Could Sam Callahan be the latest EsseX-Factor star?

by Divya Kohli

The Anglia region has got a pretty good track record of producing some of the X Factor's top contestants.

In past years, we've produced 2009 runner-up Olly Murs and 2010's winner, Matt Cardle, who both lived in Essex.

And now we're hoping for another big success in the form of Chelmsford barman Sam Callahan who's made it to the final seven.

Divya Kohli caught up with him to talk about his experience so far - and the importance of support back home.

Click below to watch Sam's chat with Divya Kohli

Wedding singer through to X Factor bootcamp

Crissie Rhodes
Crissie Rhodes is through to the bootcamp stage of the X Factor. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Wedding singer, Crissie Rhodes, from Shefford in Bedfordshire, has made it through to the bootcamp stage of TV talent show, the X Factor.

She wowed the judges with her performance at the arena auditions.

The 25-year-old, who has a passion for country music, says she's amazed at the support she's had through social media.

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X Factor to benefit East Anglia

James Arthur won this year's X Factor
James Arthur won this year's X Factor Credit: ITV

It's not only the winner James Arthur who is going to benefit from this years X-Factor. East Anglia's Children's Hospices are also going to get some cash.

100% of the profits from James Arthur's song 'Impossible' will go to 50 children's hospitals.

They include three in East Anglia: at Quidenham in Norfolk, Milton in Cambridgeshire and in Ipswich.

It is the first time the X Factor's winner's single will be in aid of a charity. The song has already reached the top of the iTunes chart.

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Northamptonshire manor house stars in X Factor

Gary Barlow/Cheryl Cole
Gary Barlow and his guest mentor Cheryl Cole Credit: PA/Ian West

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole makes her return to the show tonight almost two years after her departure, as she becomes a guest mentor helping pal Gary Barlow.

Cole bowed out from the UK X Factor after the 2010 series to take up a short-lived place on the panel of the US version of the show.

She ruled out a return as a judge, but agreed to a temporary comeback helping out Barlow as he took his over 28 category hopefuls to a country pile in Northamptonshire.

She ruled out a return as a judge, but agreed to a temporary comeback helping out Barlow as he took his hopefuls in the over 28 category to a country pile in Northamptonshire.

Boughton House near Kettering was used as Barlow's "House" for the show, which is screened on ITV1 tonight and tomorrow.

Other guest mentors include Tinie Tempah, who teams up with Tulisa Contostavlos, Ne-Yo who accompanies Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne who is the sidekick to Louis Walsh.

Kettering has the X Factor

With this year's X Factor well underway it seems there is a starring role for one the region's stately homes.

Boughton Hall
Boughton House in Northamptonshire Credit: ITV Anglia

Boughton House near Kettering in Northamptonshire is being used by Gary Barlow to pick his group of finalists during the judges houses stage.

Cheryl Cole will also be there after making her return to the series as a mentor.

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