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Barclay Beales & Stereo Kicks booted off X Factor

Barclay Beales performing in the sing-off Credit: ITV.com/X Factor

The dream is over for X Factor finalist Barclay Beales from Bow near Crediton in Devon.

His boy band Stereo Kicks were voted off the ITV competition in the quarter finals, leaving only four acts remaining.

They fell foul of the public vote after the judges were split between the eight-strong band and 17-year-old Lauren Platt.

Simon Cowell had the critical vote to either save the group or force a deadlock and defer to the public vote.

He said: "The act that sang the best on the sing off was Lauren," voting to keep her in the competition.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stood by her act, Lauren Platt but told the boy band they had talent and could still grow.

Louis Walsh also stood by his act, Stereo Kicks.

Mel B voted in favour of the boys too, apologising to Fernandez-Versini before she said she had to vote for Lauren Platt to leave.

Some members of the boy band wept as their X Factor stint came to an end but said they were thankful to have been on the show.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor afterwards, Simon Cowell told Louis Walsh his poor song choice was to blame. But Walsh insisted: "I did 100% the best I could and they know that. They'll tell you that later."

But Barclay Beales will still have a shot of the limelight - Stereo Kicks will be taking part in the X Factor Live Tour in 2015.

Barclay (second from left at the back) and Stereo Kicks discuss their Xperience on the Xtra Factor Credit: ITV.com/X Factor

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MTV Crashes to return to Plymouth Hoe

Last summer's MTV Crashes attracted thousands to Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been chosen to host a popular music festival for the next three years.

The success of this summer's 'MTV Crashes' event means organisers are also planning to extend it to two nights instead of one.

More than 20,000 people turned out for July's gig on the Hoe - and millions of people saw it across the music channel's global network.

It featured the Kaiser Chiefs among the headliners.

The Kaiser Chiefs were headliners this year - big bands are expected for future MTV Crashes events in Plymouth Credit: PA

We’re chuffed to bits that MTV want to come again and want to be in partnership with us over three years.

Anyone who was on the Hoe this summer will know what an epic event it was. The crowds loved it, the bands loved it, MTV loved it and millions of people across the world got to see Plymouth at its best.

This decision marks the start of a lot of hard work for our staff and partners to make this happen. It will be bigger, better – and with more beer tents!

– Councillor Peter Smith, Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council has agreed to underwrite MTV Crashes as it has major economic benefits for the city.

Ticket details and prices will be announced in the New Year.

Plymouth light show to mark three towns' amalgamation

Smeaton's Tower, the Guildhall and the Palace Theatre in Plymouth will be the centre of a special project celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the three towns tonight.

There will be video projections featuring photos, images and memories from local communities marking the amalgamation of three towns of Plymouth, East Stonehouse and Devonport.

Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe. Credit: PA

Barclay Beales and Stereo Kicks in final five of X Factor

Barclay Beales (on the left) and Stereo Kicks are in the final five of X Factor Credit: ITV.com/X Factor

Barclay Beales from Bow near Credition in Devon is in the final five of the X Factor. His band, the eight-strong Stereo Kicks, were voted through without a hitch this weekend after performing Sir Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".

Judge Simon Cowell told the band, "You just did it, you did everything right, you look like a proper group."

You can find out how the guys are getting on here.

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REPORT: Morpurgo backs 10 year old's library campaign

One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old boy's campaign to protect the library service in Cornwall.

It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

We asked Michael Morpurgo why he's worried about libraries in Cornwall - and in Devon where he lives. This was what he said:

Michael Morpurgo backs 10 year old's library campaign

One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old's campaign to protect dozens of libraries across Cornwall.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo is backing Leon Remphry's campaign. The 10 year old has made a video to promote his campaign 'right to read'. Leon needs 5,000 signatures on his petition to get a County Council debate. He currently has 4,500.

It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours.

Jo Pavey to turn on Exeter Christmas lights tonight

Exeter's Christmas Lights will be turned on in the city tonight. Local athlete Jo Pavey will do the honours at 6:30pm in Princesshay.

40 year-old Pavey, from Honiton, became the oldest European female champion in history when she won the 10,000m final this year.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the Women's 10000m Final at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich during the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Credit: PA
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