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X Factor preview - and what's happened to Simon?

X Factor supremo Simon Cowell has been taken to hospital just as the programme's Finals weekend is about to get underway.

It's been reported that if follows an accident at his home and that he'll be absent from the judging panel. Wesley Smith has been talking to the finalists - including one from Southend in Essex.


Behind the scenes of The X Factor...

The nights must soon be drawing in and summer coming to a close - because our TV schedules are hotting up. This Saturday evening, The X Factor is back, following a red carpet preview. Andy Dickenson reports.

Singer faces eviction if she keeps parrot at home

Credit: ITV Meridian

X Factor fans may remember Cori Burns' appearance on the show last September.

The 64-year-old songstress scooted on the stage in her cock-a-tooter.

But the bird lady's love of her feathered friends has led to her being threatened with eviction from her Hastings home.

All because of an African grey called Tommy.

As Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to singer-songwriter Cori Burns and 'Lord Brett Mc Lean', friend of Cori Burns.

Sam Bailey looks forward to fish and chips on tour

You may not remember her name but, chances are, you'll remember her voice.

Sam Bailey won The X Factor four years ago, and enjoyed huge success with her debut single and album.

Now she's preparing to go on tour and - as Lauren Hall reports - it's the prospect of fish and chips in Brighton that's driving her on.


X Factor winner Matt celebrates with Kent family

Matt Terry from Kent had a real experience - rather than a virtual one. He put the county on the map when he became this year's X Factor winner.

The 23-year-old singer now lives in Bromley but calls Maidstone home, as his Mum lives there.

Nicole makes their dreams come true...

'Rays of Sunshine' for Nicole and the children Credit: Rays of Sunshine

Thomas, from Ashford, Tia-Mae, from Strood and Tilly, from Sittingbourne, who are all nine-years-old, as well as 12-year-old Abigail from Sheerness, joined iX Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger for a show-stopping and moving rendition of Ain’t no Mountain High Enough. They performed at The Rays of Sunshine Concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

The group from Kent are part of the Rays of Sunshine Wish Choir, a group of 14 brave and inspirational seriously ill children who have all had their wishes granted by the charity that grants wishes for children living with serious or life-limiting illness.

X Factor returns for 13th series...and Dermot is back!

It's a staple of Saturday night viewing in millions of homes across the country - and X Factor is back on ITV this weekend for what will be its 13th series.

Fans can expect the return of some familiar faces - with Dermot O'Leary as host. And the judging panel has had a big shake-up too: Louis and Nicole have both made comebacks.

Meanwhile Simon and Sharon will also be returning, although prior engagements meant they weren't able to make the show's premiere. Matt Price reports.

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