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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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Hundreds of hopefuls audition for X factor

Long queues outside the Sage in Gateshead for X Factor auditions. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of X factor hopefuls have been auditioning for the next series in Gateshead.

The show's producers are at the Sage for the first round of auditions.

Successful contestants will get the chance to perform in front of the judges later in the summer.

Hundreds queue for a chance to get onto X Factor. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The hopefuls performed in front of the show's producers at the Sage. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cheryl's support for X Factor hopefuls

X factor judge Cheryl Cole has given her backing to X factor hopefuls, who are auditioning for the next series.

Hundreds are lining up at the Sage in Gateshead, waiting to perform for the show's producers.

Successful contestants will go through to auditions in front of the judges in the summer.

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X Factor's Joe McElderry to speak at Oxford Union

X Factor's Joe McElderry will speak at the Oxford Union. Credit: PA wire

Former X factor winner Joe McElderry will speak at the Oxford Union later.

The 22-year-old from Westoe, South Shields is the first winner on the show to address the society.

He'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Katie Price.

He is due to talk to students about coping with stardom, life since the X Factor, and how young artists are treated within the music industry.

Joe said: “I am a little bit nervous about giving a talk, but I feel very honoured to be asked as well.”

James Arthur up for Brit Award

James Arthur performing for fans in his home town of Middlesbrough Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

James Arthur faces a nervous wait as the hours tick on towards tonight's Brit Awards.

The 24-year-old has been nominated for best British single - an accolade awarded to the top 15 British singles based on the biggest sales success in 2012 - for his chart-topper "Impossible."

James Arthur Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The boy from Boro won the show at the end of last year and is now working on his debut album.

His debut single, "Impossible", sold over one million copies between December and January alone.

It also broke X Factor records, becoming the fastest-selling winner's single of all-time.

James Arthur beat Jahmene Douglas to the top spot Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

To see more details about the nominees, and the other awards being presented at tonight's Brit Awards, click here.

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