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Coxhoe teenager to feature on The X Factor

Local music fans spotted Coxhoe teenager Samantha Lavery, who looks just like former Geordie judge Cheryl, on an advert for The X Factor during Good Morning Britain this morning.

The X Factor returns on Saturday night and it looks like the North East will have an act in the mix!

Samantha Lavery Credit: Emily Cromarty


Teesside's Josh Daniel in X Factor final six boys

Teesside singer Josh Daniel has made it through to the final six boys on The X Factor, mentored by radio DJ Nick Grimshaw. Josh will go to Judges Houses representing the North East. If he makes it through that stage, he will feature on the live shows on ITV.

Josh moved Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to tears when he dedicated an audition to his late friend.

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North East X Factor contestants 'in it to win it'

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.

Kerrianne Covell

"It was the craziest feeling in the world, to be stood on the 'X' singing to four amazing judges! I felt like I'd just walked into the television thinking is this really happening!"

– Kerrianne Covell

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.

Geoff Mull

"I've waited 5/6 years for this to happen, it's everything I've always wanted and been working hard for! It would be great for the region if I won. I'm just a normal lad with a dream, and now it's time to go out and make my dream a reality."

– Geoff Mull


James Arthur 'still with Syco'

Saltburn's James Arthur has denied speculation that he was dropped by Simon Cowell's label Syco. It has been reported that The X Factor winner was sacked because of controversial lyrics.

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