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Couple accused of conning X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson performing on The Graham Norton Show.
Rebecca Ferguson performing on The Graham Norton Show. Credit: Ian West/Press Association

A couple accused of conning Rebecca Ferguson out of more than £50,000 have appeared in court.

Raymond Taylor, who's 61, and his wife Rachel, 53, of Forest Road, Southport, are alleged to have pretended to be Miss Ferguson’s solicitor and accountant to obtain the cash.

The magistrates in Liverpool were told the couple intend to plead not guilty to all the fraud charges against them.

Miss Ferguson, from Anfield, had previously said she lost out on £100,000 in a deal over her debut album, Heaven.

The mum-of-two, from Anfield found fame when she was mentored on the X Factor by Cheryl Cole in 2010. She was runner-up in the series, which was won by Matt Cardle.

The 27-year-old singer, a former legal secretary, described 2013 as "the worst year of my life".

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Singer Luke still has the X Factor

After weeks of auditions and tears and heartache for both the judges and contestants, the 24 hopefuls who have made it to the judges houses stage of The X Factor have been revealed.

It was good news for Paul Akister, 24, from Lancaster, who has been a gigging club singer since the age of 17 and now wants to move on to bigger things.But there were tears from Stephanie Woods, 20, from Skelmersdale, who was sent home.

The two dozen wannabes are bidding for a place in the final 12 who will be part of the live finals over the coming weeks on the ITV show.

Kylie Minogue to perform on X Factor after 'wishing Christopher luck'

Kylie Minogue will perform this evening at the X Factor final in Manchester.

Earlier today, Liverpool finalist Christopher Maloney tweeted that the Australian singer 'wished him luck' and gave her support:

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Kylie wished Me luck and gave me all her support. wow! starstruck isn't the word. thanks kylie xx http://t.co/g8Az9vDN

Christopher Maloney sings 'What a Feeling'

Liverpool's Christopher Maloney has taken to the stage at the X Factor live finals in Manchester.

Christopher, who was once a ship's crooner, sang 'What a Feeling' from the film Flashdance.

Judge Louis Walsh said: "You're the peoples' champion. You always come out fighting. You always deliver. I loved your high notes. Christopher, you've done it, you've changed your life, and you're not going back to Liverpool."

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Maloney winner's song will be "The Reason"

Liverpool X Factor finalist Christoper Maloney has taken to Twitter to announce his winner's single.

If Maloney wins the ITV1 show, his first single will be "The Reason", by the modern rock band Hoobastank.

Rain interferes during X Factor red carpet set up

Setting up on the X Factor red carpet in Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

Heavy rain is interfering with the set up of the X Factor red carpet ahead of the first X Factor live final show.

Liverpool's Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will sing duets with their mentors this evening on the live show.

You can read more on the build-up to the final at The X Factor site.

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