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Humperdinck and Bailey join forces for start of tour

Englebert Humperdinck will be joined by Sam Bailey for the start of his 50 Years With Englebert Tour in Birmingham this evening.

Sam Bailey will join Englebert Humperdinck for the start of his tour Credit: PA

The tour gets underway at Symphony Hall, with Bailey also joining Humperdinck for the second night in London tomorrow.

The 78-year-old legend is fulfilling a promise he made to her on The X Factor in 2013.

"I spoke to Sam before the finals of X Factor and I promised her then that we would one day share a stage," he said.

"I'm happy to be fulfilling that promise."

Englebert has worked alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Elvis but is full of praise for his fellow Leicester-born singing sensation.

"She's no novice, having topped both the UK album and singles chart, supported Beyoncé and blown us all away on X Factor," he added.

"But I like to think there's still plenty I can teach her after half a century doing this!"

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Aston Merrygold to play V Festival

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold is to perform at this year's V Festival.

Aston Merrygold Credit: PA Images

It will be the first time the Peterborough star has been on stage since going solo. He will join other acts including: Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and Tom Jones.

The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 22 and 23 August.

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