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Irish boyband stars raise money for North East charity

Ronan Keating is among the names fundraising for the North East charity Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Celebrities including Ronan Keating, of Boyzone, and Brian McFadden, of Westlife, will be playing golf to raise money for the Bubble Unit at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle.

The 'Golf Rocks' tournament will be held in Berkshire.



Stripped-back auditions bring X Factor back to its roots

Just 37 acts will perform in front of the X Factor's celebrity judging panel in Gateshead, without an audience, in a stripped-back audition process.

Cheryl Cole superfans wait for the judges' arrival on the red carpet

Open auditions held already across the UK - including Gateshead and South Shields - have whittled down the number of contestants.

Those remaining will audition in a room at the Baltic art gallery in front of a returning Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, veteran Louis Walsh, and new judge Mel B.

In previous years, auditions have been in front of a large theatre audience, but this time, they will start in a small room, similar to the initial years of the show.

X Factor's Louis Walsh arrives at North East audition

The X Factor's longest-serving judge, Louis Walsh, has arrived punctually at the North East auditions in Gateshead. He was greeted by fans lining a red carpet, which has been laid outside the Sage Gateshead on the Quayside.

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Louis Walsh had his sunglasses on for a hot day on the Gateshead Quayside
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Louis Walsh walks the red carpet in the North East
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