Hopefuls queue for X Factor auditions

This time two years ago, we filmed James Arthur queuing for auditions... As the X Factor rolls into town again, could one of these be next?

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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.
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.

Joe McElderry: His career so far

Joe with his fellow X Factor finalists in December 2009 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images
After winning the X Factor Credit: Carl Court/PA Archive/Press Association Images
At a signing for his debut single in his hometown in South Shields Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images
With fellow geordie royalty Cheryl Cole at the National Television Awards in January 2010 Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Performing at the London Christmas lights switch-on in November 2010 Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Joe McElderry performs at a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images
At the start of the Great North Run in September 2011 Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Arriving for the Pride of Britain awards in October 2011 Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Performing at a series of outdoor concerts to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, at Hyde Park in central London in August 2012 Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Joe McElderry performs as the Paralympic flame is set alight in the city centre Credit: Paul Faith/LOCOG/Press Association Images
Arriving at The Sun's military awards in December 2012 Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

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McElderry's life and career to be celebrated with award

Joe McElderry will be celebrating tonight in Newcastle Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

X Factor winner, and South Shields star, Joe McElderry will pick up a Variety Silver Award in Newcastle tonight at a special dinner that is being held in his honour.

'A Tribute to Joe McElderry' will be a celebration of Joe's life and career so far, where he will be presented with the Variety Silver Heart award.

Money raised on the evening will go towards the children's charity 'Variety'.

German super fan gets James Arthur tattoo

Ines Koch from Germany is a super fan of Middlesbrough's James Arthur Credit: Ines Koch

A James Arthur super fan from Germany has had the X Factor star's face tattooed on her leg.

Ines Koch from Bergen spent over four hours having the tattoo done on her thigh.

The 25-year-old teacher says that she loves her tattoo and is more than proud of having it done.

James Arthur performing for fans in his home town of Middlesbrough Credit: Owen Humphreys/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.

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

Full Report: College offers X Factor course

Do you think that you have the X Factor? Well, now it doesn't matter if you have or not because a County Durham college is offering a 17 week course on how to learn it.

Bishop Auckland College is believed to be the first in the country to offer pop-star wannabes training in how to pass the notoriously tough TV auditions.

You can watch the full report from Helen Pearson below.

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