The X Factor's celebrity judges were in town to see the best of the talent from open auditions in the North East.
New Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and regular host Dermot O'Leary were first celebrities to arrive at the North East auditions.
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Newlywed Cheryl Cole has celebrated a ninth career chart-topping single as Crazy Stupid Love became her fourth solo number one.
The former Girls Aloud star joins Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as only the third British female to claim the solo feat.
Cole said it was "so exciting" to see the track, which features British rapper Tinie Tempah, top the charts two years after releasing her last single.
"It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one," the 31-year-old said.
Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini threw a party in London to celebrate their wedding. Their close friends and family attended including Cheryl's Girls Aloud band mates Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh, JLS star Marvin Humes and his wife Rochelle from The Saturdays, and Cheryl's mother Joan.
Cheryl has recently tied the knot with French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. It was reported that only four people attended the ceremony at the Caribbean island of Mustique. To make up for this, the Geordie X Factor judge threw an exclusive Party in London.
Cheryl wore a floor-length black gown at the Library were her Girls Aloud friends Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh partied with her mother Joan Callaghan.
Cheryl Cole's step-dad said the news she is married has come as a 'right surprise'.The 31-year-old X Factor judge has announced she secretly married French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Ferdandez-Versini a week ago.Speaking from his house in Walker, her step-dad Anthony Leighton said he is happy for her.
– Anthony Leighton
"If she's happy then I'm happy."She's lovely and I am really happy for her."I found out through Facebook, she doesn't bother with us much. She phones her sister and she phones her brother sometimes but what we hear is just back and forward."It is a bit of a surprise for everyone. I'm pleased for her."
@cherylcole Congrats darlin. He's a lucky man. Wishing you both all the best x
Congratulations @cherylcole !!! Hoping this is the beginning of the happiest days of your life x
As Cheryl announces she is a married woman following a secret ceremony to her French boyfriend, fans ask - will Cheryl drop Cole?
If Cheryl Cole has re-married then how can she still be known as Cheryl Cole? #confused
X Factor's announcer guy currently practising "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini!" in his bathroom. He's not happy.
Haha as if Cheryl Cole's gotten married.. Wait why is she still known as Cole? ?
Cheryl Cole married her French boyfriend of three months last week in the Caribbean, the singer and TV star confirmed.
The X Factor judge made the announcement with a picture on her Instagram account, showing the wedding and engagement rings new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini had given her.
X-Factor judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole surprised staff at a Chinese takeaway in Newcastle.
The pair stopped at Kwok Pao in Heaton after filming auditions for the ITV show at The Baltic on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.
X-Factor judge Simon Cowell has given his verdict on Newcastle after the reality TV show held auditions in the city on Thursday.
Newcastle was fantastic. And so was the talent. Apart from a few exceptions!