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Devon's singing star Luke Friend was back in the county today - for a flying visit between X Factor rehearsals.
Luke, who's from Teignmouth, was in Exeter this afternoon, where he got a suitably excited reception.
Richard Lawrence was there too.
Devon's singing star Luke Friend has been back in the county today - for a flying visit between X Factor rehearsals. He received a very excited response from crowds in Exeter.
Last month ITV West Country spoke to his mother Sue Potts.
We caught up with the mum of X Factor finalist Luke Friend ahead of his performance in this weekend's live show.
Sue Potts says he's wanted to be an actor or singer since he was 10 - Ian Axton's interview includes some great shots from the family album.
Shelley Smith from Farringdon in Devon was the first to fall victim to X Factor's Flash Vote.
She was the performer getting the fewest votes in a 10 minute window after Saturday night's live performances, which immediately condemned her to taking part in the sing-offs.
Shelley told Dermot O'Leary: "I'm just going to sing my little heart out. I'm just going to try best, that's all I can do. I've got so much more to give."
And that proved to be the case. Shelley's performance in Sunday night's sing-off was enough for the judges to save her - rather than Lorna Simpson, who polled the fewest votes on Sunday.
Here Shelley is, singing Jennifer Hudson's 'One Night Only', to survive to sing again.
Luke Friend, the 17 year old from Teignmouth in Devon, is through to the live finals of X-Factor. This weekend he'll face a live audience as he sings for survival on the talent show.
But Luke is no stranger to the stage, as this video shows. It was given to ITV News by Luke's proud Mum Sue. It shows his taking part in an an X Factor style conest at his school when he was just 11 years old.
On tonight's ITV News West Country at six, we'll be talking to Devon X Factor hopeful Luke Friend's mum to find out how he's preparing for his Saturday night appearance.
We'll also be hearing from judge Sharon Osbourne and her contestant, Devon's Shelley Smith, so do tune in if you can.
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Luke Friend, from Devon has his final rehersal ahead of this weekend's X factor
Luke Friend, the 17 year old from Teignmouth in Devon, will continue his battle for survival tonight in the live finals of X-Factor.