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X Factor auditions to visit Sam Bailey's hometown of Leicester

X Factor auditions will visit Birmingham and Leicester Credit: X Factor/Syco

The X Factor audition dates have been announced and they will be visiting Sam Bailey's home town of Leicester.

Mobile auditions will take place in the city on Tuesday 8th April at The Haymarket Shopping Centre.

The auditions will then visit Birmingham on April 23rd at Birmingham City's football ground, St Andrews.

Derbyshire XFactor star pulls out due to illness

Lucy Spraggan Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

XFactor star Lucy Spraggan from Buxton in Derbyshire has pulled out of the contest due to illness.

She said she felt it was unfair to receive a second free pass through to the next round after failing to perform last weekend.

Show bosses said the singer would continue to receive their "support and care going forward".

Spraggan will not be replaced in the competition and one act will leave the show this weekend, organisers said.