ITV News Central correspondent Alison Mackenzie met up with X Factor hopeful Sam Bailey today.
Sam, a prison warden from Leicestershire, got through to the boot camp round of the show after wowing the judges and an audience of 4,000 at Wembley.
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The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.
Very windy this evening with gales in some places. Rain moving east
Windy with heavy rain this evening, then gales and showers later on