The X Factor's celebrity judges were in town to see the best of the talent from open auditions in the North East.
New Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and regular host Dermot O'Leary were first celebrities to arrive at the North East 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?
A previous X Factor contestant has reacted to the news that a Bishop Auckland college is offering a course on auditioning for ITV talent show The X Factor. Emily McNamee, who made it through to the live shows in 2008 with her girl band Bad Lashes, says it's completely down to the individual.
– Emily McNamee
"I don't think there is any course that can train you on auditioning, or the process of how the X Factor works. It is completely down to an individual and their natural talent. If you've got it you've got it. However, I know people who I believe to be amazingly talented, just as good if not better than this year's winner, who didn't made the cut. It's not just the voice it's the whole package and who can teach that?"
Bishop Auckland College is offering pop-star hopefuls training in how to pass X Factor auditions.
The 17 week X Factor Preparation Course starts next week with no formal entry requirements other than enthusiasm and motivation.
On completion, students will receive a NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Music.
Teesside X factor star James Arthur will be signing copies of his new book in Middlesbrough later today.
The singer will meet fans in the Cleveland Centre this afternoon.
An X Factor hopeful from Gateshead who was axed from the show after she glassed her boyfriend has avoided jail.
21-year-old Lucie Slater was sentenced to 51 weeks in prison suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order and 120 hours of community service.
The couple were drinking together at his house when she came across a message on Facebook that she did not like, the court heard.
She hit him with a glass and threw the laptop across the room. He rushed to the shower to try to wash the blood off and she then drove him to hospital.
She first claimed that he fell down the stairs but later admitted what happened, the court was told.
Slater was part of girl band Quantro but they were thrown off the ITV talent show when the attack came to light.
– Judge Toby Hedworth
"I have listened carefully to the account and I have to say that drink played a greater role than is now suggested.
I also take into account the effect of your actions on Mr Aitken.
All that he has ever sought in these proceedings was an acknowledgement of what happened."
– William Aitken
"I really did not think she was capable of something like that.
We are not speaking to each other now but there's so much to say.
I still love her and I want to know why she did it. It's a really sad love story.
We did not plan our future like this. Instead of us breaking up, we have been ripped apart.
It was an act of stupidness from her and she has caused a lot of damage."
X Factor fans queued from 4 o'clock in the morning to catch a glimpse of winner James Arthur when he visited Milton Keynes.
Nearly 500 turned up to a book-signing. His debut single, Impossible, went in at number one this week.
Proceeds will go to children's hospices - including eight in East Anglia.
X Factor finalist James Arthur thrilled hundreds of fans as he returned home to Teesside in style for his homecoming show.
The 24-year-old visited the local pub in Saltburn where he sang while struggling to make it, before going to Middlesbrough to prepare for his gig at 8pm tonight, December 4.
Watch his extended interview here:
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Hundreds lined the streets to welcome X Factor finalist James Arthur back to his hometown.
The musician from Saltburn, and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, made their way through the seaside town on Harley Davidsons.
Around four hundred fans braved the cold to see him ahead of tonight's homecoming gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall.