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Cowell to return to X Factor auditions on Wednesday

Simon Cowell will return to the judging panel on Wednesday. Credit: PA

X Factor auditions will begin this week after the show was halted following the death of Simon Cowell's mother.

The music mogul will attend auditions on Wednesday and Thursday, a statement from Syco said. The first try-outs had been due to begin in Manchester today.

Announcing the death of 89-year-old Julie Cowell last night, his family said they were "heartbroken".

A family spokesman added: "We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie's privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time."

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Ex-Corrie star Helen Flanagan gives birth to first child

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Actress and model Helen Flanagan has given birth to her first child, she has announced on Instagram.

Last night, Flanagan posted pictures of her and her new daughter Matilda Jessica Sinclair, as well as her boyfriend, Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair.

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Eleanor heads for the West End

A talented young actress from Merseyside is taking a starring role in a West End musical. Eleanor Worthington Cox, who's 14 and from Formby, is playing Blousey Brown in the play Bugsy Malone, a spoof gangster caper where the entire cast are children.

Eleanor as Blousy Brown in Bugsy Malone Credit: Hammersmith Lyric

The teenager looks set to have a huge career. She played the lead role in the musical Matilda and picked up a prestigious Lawrence Olivier award for best actress. You can hear from Eleanor about her latest role in tonight's Granada Reports at 6pm.

Back home to Liverpool for the Bollywood star

Amy Jackson is one of Bollywood's biggest stars Credit: pa

She's one of the most famous stars in Bollywood, but had never acted before her debut in 2010 and she's a white Liverpudlian. Amy Jackson has taken the Indian film industry by storm. Her story is an extraordinary one. The 23 year old from Walton is now mobbed if she ever visits Mumbai, Madras or Calcutta.

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Amy was spotted by a Bollywood film director after winning a modelling contest in 2009. A year later she was starring had in one of his films. Now she's back in Liverpool in between to see family and friends and said she's shocked at the success she's had so far.


Taylor Swift at Manchester Arena reimagined in Lego

The Legoland Discovery Centre is ready to go for Taylor Swift at the Manchester Arena tonight.

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The centre has re-imagined the set for tonight's gig and built a mini version of it in lego.

Credit: Legoland Discovery Centre

The sold-out Arena show will be packed with around 20,000 Swifties in Taylor's second visit to the city following her Speak Now tour back in 2011.

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Fans can see the mini-figure creation all week at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

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