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X Factor's Emily Middlemas releases new single and prepares for headline Newcastle show

Emily performing at the London O2 Arena Photo: PA

Teenage X Factor sensation Emily Middlemas says Newcastle fans will see a new side to her when she performs in the city in November.

The 19-year-old came fourth in the ITV talent show last year. She's currently playing gigs across the country, and promoting her new single Lost and Found.

Emily, who was mentored by music industry giant Simon Cowell, says although only one year has passed, she has done a lot of growing up.

Emily and her guitarist Jay in Newcastle Credit: ITV

Emily's stand out moment on The X Factor was during the Halloween special when she sang Creep by Radiohead. She says she will never forget that performance but added that her style has developed and she's now focussing on more upbeat music.

"I have found myself more and I have grown over the last couple of years. I feel like I was so young then! Now, I am at a stage where I know myself, I know who my friends are, I know who I can trust. I have been through so much with The X Factor. It is so hard, especially for a young girl to get in the door and put your own music out there. Some people won't take you seriously but I want people to know who I am."

– Emily Middlemas

One way to show people who you are is a UK tour, and that's exactly what Emily is doing. She performed in Durham on September 14 and will head back to the North East November for a show at the Think Tank in Newcastle.

Emily has been through The X Factor audition process and has this advice for anyone else taking part in the competition.

"Please, please, please, I beg you, always be yourself! Find yourself, find who you want to be and stick to that."

– Emily Middlemas

Simon Cowell had the same advice for her.

"He said never let anyone put you down and always be yourself. He is so humble. people don't see that side of him. He is lovely. there was so much he did for charity and young people that the press didn't know about him. I loved that about him. He inspires me in a way, by what he does, he's a good guy."

– Emily Middlemas

She has taken this advice when it comes to her debut single Lost and Found. The track has a summer feel and it's more upbeat than the tracks we heard from Emily on the show.

"I wrote this song with my very good friends David and Richard, I have been friends with them for a long time. I think it is so important to remember who your friends are. The sun was shining, I was in such a good mood and I knew it was going to be a brilliant song! I want people to see that I am fun, I do dance on stage, I want to get it out there, I am colourful and bright! People thought I was dull on the show but I'm not!"

– Emily Middlemas

Emily says the bond she has with her boyfriend Ryan Lawrie helps her to write music. Ryan also competed on The X Factor last year. He recently released Perfect Picture and said Emily was his inspiration. This seems to work both ways!

Emily and Ryan on the red carpet Credit: PA

"We inspire each other, we both write a lot, we have actually written a song together and we hope to release an EP with that on. He is writing and I am working too. We have got so much stronger, The X Factor helped us with that. We trust each other and we can let each other be free and be together too."

– Emily Middlemas

Lost and Found is out September 29.