Singer Joe McElderry has been speaking about receiving a very special award from the Variety Club.
Joe will be awarded the Silver Heart award at an award ceremony tonight.
The Silver Heart award is the charity's highest honour.
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'.
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.
The boy from Boro won the show at the end of last year and is now working on his debut album.
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.
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.
"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.