The Manchester X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the death of Simon Cowell's mother. The family of the music mogul announced that Julie Cowell died yesterday at 89.
Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester today but will now no longer go ahead, a spokesman for Syco Entertainment confirmed. There is no reschedule date at this time.
Announcing Mrs Cowell's death last night, the family said it was heartbroken and would "miss her terribly".
"Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace," a statement said.
Mrs Cowell was the mother of four boys - Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael, and step-mother to John and June.
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".
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.
Liverpool's Christopher Maloney said he felt like he has already won by getting this far in the X Factor competition after losing out on a place in the final.
His mentor, Gary Barlow, congratulated him on his achievement.
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:
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."
Jahmene Douglas has performed first at the X Factor live shows in Manchester.
He performed the song 'Move On Up' in front of a giant Big Ben.
The X Factor live finals are being held tonight and tomorrow evening at Manchester Central.
Around 10,000 fans will see the show each night with millions more watching at home.
Granada Report's entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore caught up with some very excited fans.
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.
if I win my winners charity single is the reason xx