Ben Haenow won X Factor 2014 last night, but Irish judge Louis Walsh had Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell down as his pick to win.
The 23-year-old from Norton was delighted with the news:
Every year before the start of the series the four judges and presenters make their predictions:
- Mel B: Andrea Faustini
- Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Lauren Platt or Stereo Kicks
- Louis Walsh: Stereo Kicks or Kerrianne Covell
- Simon Cowell: Jay James or Stereo Kicks
- Dermot O’Leary: Lola Saunders
- Sarah-Jane Crawford: Stereo Kicks
Already North East acts are shining through on The X Factor. Two of these acts are Kerrianne Covell from Norton and Geoff Mull from Durham.
Kerrianne is 23 and currently works in a shoe shop. She ditched work to attend her audition and Simon Cowell called her boss to ensure she didn't get the boot! Kerrianne won a competition to support chart acts at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. She had the taste of stardom she doesn't want to let go of.
Geoff Mull is a 22-year-old electrician who previously made it to Boot Camp. Louis likened Geoff to Wayne Rooney and Geordie Judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said 'I love him!'
Geoff doesn't plan on leaving the show without a record deal this time.
Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after reports of bogus callers in Stockton and Norton.
On four occasions, a man reportedly visited the homes of older people and collected money as a window cleaner. No work had been done.
Homes in Hartburn Avenue, Cherry Tree Gardens, Bromley Road and Petch Street have all been targeted between April 21 and 22.
He is 63 in dog years, well over the eligible age to vote, although unfortunately not the right species. Nonetheless, the Hoyle family's pet Rottweiler, called Zeus, was issued a polling card for the European elections.
His owner Russell explained how it happened:
Police in Malton have released CCTV of a man wanted on suspicion of stealing a pasty from a shop in Norton.
The man was seen on camera taking the pasty out of a fridge and hiding it down his trousers in Costcutter on Commercial Street shortly before 7pm on Friday 16 August.
Officers are appealing to anyone who recognises the man in the photograph to contact them with information.
The search for Rania Alayed continues today (15th August) and police ave thanked the public for their help so far. Officers are also still asking for information about a campervan.
Detectives investigating the murder of Rania Alayed are continuing the search for her. Hundreds of motorists have been asked to help trace a campervan that has been linked to her disappearance.
Police have been searching a stretch of the A168/A19 near Thirsk. Officers will carry out a line search in a northbound layby between the A1 and Thirsk. The search could go on for weeks.
The search for the body of a woman believed to have been murdered will resume today beside the A19, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Rania Alayed, originally from Norton on Teesside, moved to Manchester with her family in January. She has not been seen since June.
The former neighbours of a woman who is believed to have been murdered have spoken of their deep shock.
Rania Alayed, 25, from Norton on Teesside, moved to Manchester in January. In June, she vanished but her body has not been found.
Teesside Correspondent Rachel Bullock reports.