The 24-year-old from Saltburn has so far scored a major hit with judges on the live shows - winning unanimous praise for his version of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams last Saturday.
Speaking at the Pride of Britain awards earlier this week he says he's slowly getting used to the X Factor lifestyle.
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
What has the weekend got in store for the Tyne Tees region?
The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.