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Stevi's delight at being Simon Cowell's guilty pleasure

He's gone from working in a call centre in Colchester to entertaining millions on a Saturday night.

Stevie Ritchie from Essex is the X factor contestant who seems to have won the public's heart and his work mates back in Essex think he can win the competition and are rooting for him all the way.

Click below for Elodie Harper's report.

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Could Sam Callahan be the latest EsseX-Factor star?

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 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 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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