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The X Factor hits Manchester

New judge Mel B Credit: PA

The X Factor bandwagon rolled into Manchester yesterday for two days of auditions. Cheryl Cole was greeted with huge cheers, along with new judge and former Spice Girl Mel B who is new to the panel this year.

Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh were of course also present at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford for the closed door auditions. They'll hit screens on ITV later this year.

Cheryl Cole arrives in Manchester Credit: PA
@TheXFactor tweeted: We snuck into the Judges' Green Room. This is where they'll hangout/refresh between the auditions.

XFactor auditions come to Manchester

The Xfactor judges are in Manchester ahead of todays auditions in the city. Let us know if you're going and send your pics to Granada.reports@itv.com or tweet @GranadaReports.

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X Factor drama for Miss Dynamix

Miss Dynamix added drama to the X Factor proceedings last night after sitting the show out when heavily-pregnant SeSe was taken to hospital after feeling faint during rehearsals.

The band is made up of Jeanette, 21, Manchester's Rielle, 16 and 22 year old Sese.

The three members all auditioned separately, but Gary Barlow put them together at the end of bootcamp.

The girls get a free pass into next weeks show. Host Dermot O'Leary later told the X Factor audience that SeSe is 'doing well and resting at home'

Maloney will join XFactor tour

Christopher Maloney

Controversial X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney, from Liverpool, will appear in the live tour despite reports that he'd fallen out with show bosses.

The singer, who split public opinion, will join other acts including fellow finalists Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur.

Maloney, who came third in this year's series, took to Twitter to ask people to stop what he described as "online abuse".

He said: "all I done was follow my dream, coming 3rd was an achievement. feel gutted I didn't win an im unwell right now, plz xx."

His future on the tour was put in doubt after reports of rows behind the scenes at the X Factor final in Manchester.

Arthur, this year's winner, is set to top the singles chart this weekend after shifting more than 255,000 copies of his song, Impossible.

Chris Maloney "What's the world coming to?"

X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney today expressed his dismay at receiving online "death threats" from show fans who are angered that he has continued in the competition.

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