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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

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

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'Local Hero' Mark Knopfler to perform by the Tyne

Ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler Credit: Bupa Great North Run

Geordie rock legend Mark Knopfler will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony on Thursday 4 September. Organisers say a spectacular opening ceremony this year will herald the race which will see a millionth person complete the course.

This is believed to be a world first, and the milestone will be celebrated with an opening event which will feature live music, film and a dance performance, as well as star appearances, all held on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside.

Organisers say it will transform the River Tyne into an outdoor arena ahead of the Great North Run three days later.Mark Knopfler said: “I’m proud to have been a supporter of this great event from the beginning and am looking forward to being there to play ‘Local Hero’ "

Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the global rock legends Dire Straits, who have sold over 120 million albums to date, and he was ranked number 27 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

James Arthur confirms split with Simon Cowell

Saltburn's X-Factor winner James Arthur has confirmed that he is no longer with Simon Cowell's company, Syco.

There was speculation earlier this year that he had been dropped by the record label.

Last night, though, James Arthur posted these messages on Twitter:

Collabro star's mother fell down stairs after his BGT win

The mother of one of the members of Collabro, who won Britain's Got Talent, said she was jumping up and down so much when the group's victory was announced that she fell down the stairs.

Lorraine Lambert, whose son Jamie is one fifth of the classical group, said she wasn't injured by the fall but is now "black and blue".

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St James' Park to host a gig a year after Kings of Leon

After the success of One Direction at the Stadium of Light the music scene moves to Newcastle for the American rock band Kings of Leon, who play at St. James' Park on Saturday night.

It is the first concert the stadium has hosted for seven years - but Newcastle United is hoping to make concerts an annual event.

Robbie Williams' Soccer Aid raises £12m so far

Robbie Williams has been speaking to ITV News about the Soccer Aid event he started in 2006 with his friend Jonathan Wilkes. So far, the event has raised more than £12m for UNICEF UK.

He told Caroline Whitmore it was only ever meant to be a one-off.

Brazilians teach teenage musicians to "loosen up"

A group of Brazilian musicians are spending time in Gateshead as part of a unique exchange programme.

They are sharing their expertise with Sage Gateshead as well as local schools and community groups. A group from Gateshead went to Brazil last October.

Jane Oxnard is a musician with Folkestra, a folk music ensemble in Gateshead for teenage musicians.

She said: "Generally we're quite static in the way we play so there is not much movement but they made us really loosen up which was actually really helpful. I think it has really helped with the music as well."

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