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Is this the next winner of the X Factor?

X Factor auditions are well underway in Gateshead, with hopefuls queuing to see the four judges - Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh. This man was pulled out of the crowd for an interview - could he be the next North East winner of the X Factor?

The auditions are taking place at the Baltic, on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead

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Cheryl Cole in Gateshead to find next X Factor star

Geordie star Cheryl Cole will return to the North East later for X Factor auditions in Gateshead.

It is four years since the singer was last a judge on the show, but she will be back in the hot seat at the Baltic with the other three judges.

Cheryl Cole arrived at earlier X Factor auditions in London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Hundreds of hopefuls audition for X factor

Long queues outside the Sage in Gateshead for X Factor auditions. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of X factor hopefuls have been auditioning for the next series in Gateshead.

The show's producers are at the Sage for the first round of auditions.

Successful contestants will get the chance to perform in front of the judges later in the summer.

Hundreds queue for a chance to get onto X Factor. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The hopefuls performed in front of the show's producers at the Sage. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Cheryl's support for X Factor hopefuls

X factor judge Cheryl Cole has given her backing to X factor hopefuls, who are auditioning for the next series.

Hundreds are lining up at the Sage in Gateshead, waiting to perform for the show's producers.

Successful contestants will go through to auditions in front of the judges in the summer.

Cheryl Cole: "When I had malaria I was given just one day to live"

The Newcastle pop star Cheryl Cole, who is returning as an X Factor judge this year, said when she was suffering with malaria she was given just one day to live.

Cheryl Cole contracted malaria on holiday in 2010 Credit: Ian West/PA

Cole contracted the disease on holiday in Tanzania in 2010. She has been back to East Africa for Sport Relief, to make a short film in a hospital in Uganda, and encourage people in the UK to donate money to buy mosquito nets and eradicate the disease.

She said: "When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.

"The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.

"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.

"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family.

"The pain I felt and went through, it's what so many people go through, all because they don't have a mosquito net which could save their life."

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