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Nicole Scherzinger arrives in North East

Nicole Scherzinger turned up on a Harley Davidson Credit: Julie Yates

X-Factor fans turned out this morning to see James Arthur, from Saltburn, return home. He arrived with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger and headed to visit his mum. He will be singing at Middlesbrough Town Hall. He's in Saturday night's X Factor Final.

James Arthur turned up on a Harley with Nicole on the back Credit: Julie Yates

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X Factor's James Arthur returns for his first big show

X Factor finalist James Arthur from Saltburn will sing at Middlesbrough Town Hall today, December 4.
X Factor finalist James Arthur from Saltburn will sing at Middlesbrough Town Hall today, December 4. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

X Factor finalist James Arthur from Saltburn is coming home today, December 4, for a special performance.

He will visit his mother before singing at Middlesbrough Town Hall. He and mentor Nicole Scherzinger will then return to London for Saturday night's X Factor Final.

Get the latest on the X Factor here.

X Factor hits Number 10

The Prime Minister turned on the Christmas lights outside Number 10 Downing Street in the company of a few unexpected guests - the three X Factor finalists.

Amongst them is James Arthur from Saltburn who joined the other two singers, Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney in a rendition of 'Silent Night'.

This year the tree has come all the way from Garrocher Tree farm near Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The farm was selected after winning the annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association competition to find the finest tree in the land.

It will be on display outside the Prime Minister's residence until early January 2013.

Hundreds queue for X Factor hopeful's homecoming tickets

James Arthur fans from all over the region have been queuing for tickets Credit: ITV

X Factor hopeful James Arthur will be back in the North East tomorrow night to perform at a homecoming gig with mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

Tickets became available at midday and hundreds of fans have turned out to get the chance to get their hands on the Saltburn singer's tickets.

Fans and families alike turned out to get their hands on the tickets Credit: ITV

James Arthur will be performing in Middlesbrough as he heads into the final week of the X Factor competition - with the winner being crowned this weekend.

Over the weekend, stars visiting the region to perform at Metro Radio Live tipped the performer to be this weekend's winner.

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X-Factor's James Arthur's family rally support ahead of quarter finals

It's a big weekend for the X-Factor contestants as they reach the quarter finals in this year's competition.

Saltburn's James Arthur will be hoping for even more support than usual, after he narrowly escaped being eliminated last week in one of the biggest shocks in the show's history.

He fell in to the bottom two and as the judges couldn't agree about who should be sent home, it ended up in deadlock, with James surviving over one of the favourite's Ella Henderson.

His family are now campaigning to keep him in the competition and have been speaking to Claire Montgomery.

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