80s pop star and X Factor personality Sinitta is heading to Newcastle in July. She's been speaking to Rachel Sweeney.
Cheryl Cole is to return as an X Factor judge, Simon Cowell has confirmed.
The X Factor live finals will be taking place next week, where 12 acts will be battling it out to win this year's show.
A friend of Abi Alton has tweeted a message from the Alton family. In it, Abi's parents, Paul and Sharon, thank fans for voting for their daughter and showing concern when she was taken to hospital.
The message reads:
"Thank you all for your kind words and support, it means so much to us. Abi was a superstar as always...thank you all so much for voting. Thanks also for your concerns about Abi and her trip to hospital - thankfully she is well, no damage done - hey the kid from Teesside and made of strong stuff!!"
Abi Alton made it through to next week's show. The X Factor contestant performed Kylie Minogue's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' as part of 'Love and Heartbreak' week.
Abi Alton has thanked fans for kind messages after she was taken to hospital. It has been reported that she fell backstage after The X Factor show.
out of hospital and thankfully there is no serious damage. Thanks for your lovely messages, im sure will be right as rain in no time xxx
Students at Abi Alton's former college have made a special video to support her in the X factor.
Pupils at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough wore masks and sang together.
Students at X Factor contestant Abi Alton's former college have staged a stunt to show their support for the Guisborough singer. Students wore Abi masks and sang together at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough.
X Factor winner James Arthur, from Saltburn, has expressed his interest in becoming a judge on the ITV talent show. It follows Gary Barlow's announcement that he will be making this year's series his last.
I wanna judge next years xfactor if everyone's leaving! - just putting it out it out there.
Haha it seems people actually think I could be a judge! #impossible?
Supermarket worker Abi Alton, 19, sang Livin' On A Prayer while playing a white piano.
Judge Louis Walsh said: "What an amazing interpretation of a Bon Jovi song." He added that her version could be a hit.
Gary Barlow said: "During your performance you could have heard a pin drop in this room."
Teesside's Abi Alton will perform in her first live show on the X Factor this evening.
The teenager from Guisborough says she feels lucky to be from Teesside and hopes the region will get behind her.
Watch Frances Read's report
X Factor finalist Abi Alton says her experience performing in pubs on Teesside has prepared her for the live shows.
The 19-year-old from Guisborough is hoping to be the latest success story from the North East.
Her former mentor says she's a talented musician who has what it takes to go all the way.
Watch Katie Oakes' report.