X-Factor fever was running high in Belfast as thousands of diehard fans gathered to see their television pop idols, including Rylan teen boyband Union J, in the flesh.
As darkness drew in and temperatures fell, fans queued outside the city’s Odyssey Arena last night ahead of the show’s live UK tour — headed bysquare-jawed warbler Rylan.
While fans have enjoyed watching the prime-time show’s highs and lows from the comfort of their living rooms, last night’s X Factor live tour gave everyone a chance to see what the preened pop acts could do in front of a packed venue.
Meanwhile, 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis is launching her own range of cruelty-free cosmetics.
Animal lover Lewis has teamed up with The Body Shop for the products and will also become a "brand activist" for the company.
The vegetarian singer has regularly voiced her views about the treatment of animals and has been a big supporter of an animal sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex.
Her limited edition range of make-up and fragrances is to go on sale from March 26 and she will stage a concert to mark the occasion which is being streamed online.
She has also designed the packaging for the vegetarian-friendly range, which uses man-made musk.
As part of her role with the firm she will be joining their campaign to end animal-testing globally, building on an European Union ban.
She said: "I'm passionate about beauty and I'm all about animal rights. As a result, I'm really conscious of where the products that I use come from.
"The collaboration is a natural fit," the 27-year-old added.