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X Factor's Sam Bailey for Ponty's Big Weekend

Sam Bailey headlines the July event in Pontypridd. Credit: PA

X Factor winner Sam Bailey is to headline this year's Ponty's Big Weekend. She'll be supported by Union J, the Big Reunion’s Damage and Rough Copy.

Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the concert will take this year take place on a Sunday on July 20th.

Festival favourites The Parades, Britain’s Got Talent’s Loveable Rogues and Tich will also take to the stage – alongside local talent.

X Factor band Union J are also on the bill for the Ynysangharad Park event. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


Cllr Maureen Webber said,“Every year, we work with partners to secure the top names in the industry for Ponty’s Big Weekend because we want it to be a success, we want to boost the economy and we want everyone to have a wonderful time here in RCT."


Thousands attend X Factor auditions in Cardiff

Our reporter Megan Boot has been at the X Factor auditions in Cardiff this morning meeting some of the hopefuls.

X Factor auditions come to Cardiff

The X Factor auditions are coming to Cardiff today, taking over the Millennium Stadium in the hope of finding the next singing superstar.

Hopefuls trying their luck will perform in front of producers and if they impress they'll sing for the judges later in the competition.

Returning host Dermot O'Leary who is in Cardiff for the auditions, said: "As always I'm looking forward to the laughs, the hugs, maybe not so much the tears, and watching really talented people... and some not-so-talented people.

"But that's the beauty of the show - you never know who's up next."

X Factor auditions: Next stop Cardiff

Hundreds turned up in Cardiff last year for the X Factor auditions.

X Factor organisers say anyone who turns up at Cardiff this saturday for open auditions - will be seen.

Dermot O’Leary, who will present this year’s 10th series will attend the auditions.

But turn up early, audition slots are on a first come, first served basis.

The auditions will be held at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium this Saturday 20th April.


Welsh artist paints X Factor Rylan - in fake tan

An artist from Ebbw Vale who wowed the judges on Britain's Got Talent by creating portraits out of marmite has now paid a cheeky tribute to another ITV talent show star - Rylan Clark.

Nathan Wyburn, who first showed off his skills at portraying celebrities with unusual materials on ITV Cymru Wales, used a tube of fake tan to paint Essex lad Rylan, who finished fifth in last year's X Factor.

"It was inspired by Rylan's obsession with fake tan, I thought it would make a very fitting portrait", Nathan said. "When I presented it to him he claimed it was the most unique gift he'd ever been given, and that it meant more than any cars or clothes he'd received."

Nathan, who is 22 and a fine arts graduate, has used Marmite to paint portraits of the Queen David Beckham, Michael Jackson, Kate Middleton, and our very own Andrea.

X Factor contestant spat

An X Factor reject says she was deliberately painted as a "girl with a bad attitude" during auditions in Cardiff on Monday. Zoe Alexander, 22 from Caerphilly, allegedly reacted very strongly when she was told she was not good enough, swearing and throwing down her microphone.

She said: "It was the most humiliating day of my life. They all seemed to have a really awful attitude towards me."

An X Factor spokeswoman said: "An incident took place in Cardiff which is being dealt with."

X Factor 2012 auditions come to an end in Cardiff

Thousands of hopefuls queued up last time the X Factor came to Cardiff Credit: ITV News Wales

Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and new judge Nicole Scherzinger are bringing the 2012 X Factor auditions to a close in Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena today.

Thousands of hopefuls turned out in March to audition for their place in this years series.

Auditions have taken place throughout the UK including Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and London.

This series will be the ninth in the programme's history

Following this afternoon’s auditions it will be onto bootcamp for the lucky remaining hopefuls, which will take place later in the summer.

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