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Louis Walsh predicted Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell to win X Factor

Credit: PA

Ben Haenow won X Factor 2014 last night, but Irish judge Louis Walsh had Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell down as his pick to win.

The 23-year-old from Norton was delighted with the news:

Every year before the start of the series the four judges and presenters make their predictions:

  • Mel B: Andrea Faustini
  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Lauren Platt or Stereo Kicks
  • Louis Walsh: Stereo Kicks or Kerrianne Covell
  • Simon Cowell: Jay James or Stereo Kicks
  • Dermot O’Leary: Lola Saunders
  • Sarah-Jane Crawford: Stereo Kicks


Wrap up warm for Disney's 'Frozen'

Entertainer Samantha Holden as Frozen character Elsa the Snow Queen Credit: Middlesbrough Council

Fans of Walt Disney's Frozen are in for a treat when the multi-award winning film premieres on Middlesbrough’s Big Screen this weekend.

You will be able to see the award-winning movie for free on Saturday, December 13 at 2pm, at Centre Square.

People are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the film.

A second Frozen screening will take place on Saturday, December 20, at 2pm.

Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, and fans are being advised to dress with the winter weather in mind and bring their own blankets.


Nicki Minaj to launch Pinkprint Tour before Newcastle gig

Nicky Minaj arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Credit: PA

Rap star Nicki Minaj will launch The Pinkprint Tour in Europe starting March 16th 2015 before arriving at the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on Friday 10th April 2015.

The tour also features special guest Grammy Award-nominated Trey Songz.

Tickets go on sale 9:00am this Friday, 12th December.

One Direction announce extra date in Newcastle

One Direction to play additional date on Tyneside Credit: Metro Radio Arena

Boy band One Direction have announced an additional performance in Newcastle to meet demand for tickets.

The extra show will take place on Tuesday 27 October 2015.

The group take in the North East during a month long tour next year.

They start their three day run at the Metro Radio Arena on 25 October.

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