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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'.

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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

Little Mix back in the North East

Two of the members are from South Shields Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The girls will play their sell-out gig tonight Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Little Mix will be playing at the historic City Hall Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Little Mix Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

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.

Contestant reacts to X Factor course

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?"

– Emily McNamee

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