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Sunday 20 April 2014

Corrie's Kirk tries out on X Factor

Andy Whyment's character Kirk Sutherland tries out on X Factor

Dozy Corrie star Kirk Sutherland will swap the knicker factory for the X Factor as he tries to dazzle Simon Cowell.

The underwear-stitcher - played by Andy Whyment - does a turn for the TV talent contest along with thousands of other hopefuls by performing Kings Of Leon chart-topper Sex On Fire.

His efforts will be seen as part of a 50th anniversary special celebrating the Coronation Street landmark birthday next month.

Kirk strutted his stuff for the judges, including Nicole Scherzinger who was on her feet in amazement at his high energy performance. And he even threw in an air guitar solo to win a standing ovation from the crowd.

Viewers will see whether Simon was impressed - or left in stitches - in a TV special Coronation Street: The Big 50, to be screened on ITV1 on December 10.

His audition is one of a number of specially recorded sketches featuring Corrie favourites who turn up in unexpected places.

Paul O'Grady will host the show and preside over a quiz to test the Weatherfield wisdom of cast and super-fans.

O'Grady said: "If I don't dip into the lives of the folk from Weatherfield on a regular basis I get withdrawal symptoms.

"As a vampire needs blood, I need a nightly dose of Corrie. It has always been there, Bill Roache and Barbara Knox are as familiar faces as family.

The Street celebrates its 50th anniversary on December 9.

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