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Does Simon have X Factor with his new look?

On Saturday evening, after months of build up - we get to see how the two new X Factor judges, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw are settling in on the panel alongside Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

X Factor auditions took place around the country earlier in the year, including several in our region.

So what else has changed for 2015? As well as the contestants, there are two new hosts - and Simon Cowell has a new look too. David Wood reports.


Thousands arrive for Reading Festival, despite weekend rail strike

More 90,000 people are expected in Reading this weekend for three days of live music.

And the big question is: will it be another mudfest like the Reading Festival in 2011?

And with a rail strike over the weekend will they be able to get home afterwards? Mel Bloor has our report, followed by an interview with Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse. He talks about the First Great Western strike this Bank Holiday weekend.

Music fans arrive for Reading Festival

Campers, prepared for the weather, arrive at Reading Station Credit: ITV

It's that time again - Reading Festival is back for 2015 and more than 90,000 people are expected in Reading over the weekend. Campers started to arrive at the site in Richfield Avenue on Wednesday although the vast majority of weekend ticket holders joined to queue on Thursday ahead of the three days of live music.


Young dancers limber up for a life changing opportunity

More than a hundred young ballet dancers are waiting in the wings this week, for the opportunity of a lifetime. After nerve wracking audtions, they've been hand picked to perform alongside profesional dancers at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. They'll be performing Coppelia with the English Youth Ballet. Andrea Thomas has been watching them rehearse. She spoke to Janet Lewis MBE, English Youth Ballet's Director and Lisa Kawa-Akembo from Southend University Hospital.

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