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Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor

Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Faye from Birmingham: one of the acts facing the scrutiny
of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Faye from Birmingham: one of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

One of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Nathan from London: one of the acts facing the scrutiny
of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Nathan from London: one of the acts facing the scrutiny of judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell in the new X Factor series

Twins Johna and Edward Grimes in the new X Factor series

Twins Johna and Edward Grimes in the new X Factor series

Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

X Factor stars Alexandra Burke, Eoghan Quigg and Diana Vickers

X Factor stars Alexandra Burke, Eoghan Quigg and Diana Vickers

X Factor stars (L-R) Eoghan Quigg, Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers, and the group JLS

X Factor stars (L-R) Eoghan Quigg, Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers, and the group JLS

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

X Factor winner 2008: Alexandra Burke

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Party people: Ruth Lorenzo and Alexandra Burke at Cafe Vaudeville

Party people: Ruth Lorenzo and Alexandra Burke at Cafe Vaudeville

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl with Ashley Cole

Cheryl with Ashley Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

2. Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole  arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Britiish singer Cheryl Cole, centre, speaks with officials as she arrives at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole  arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Joel Ryan

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award  at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)

MJ Kim

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award  at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court

British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court

MJ Kim

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Nicola roberts, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding perform at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) L-R Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole collect their Best Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle,  Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18:  Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle,  Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh pose after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tim Whitby

Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK

Cheryl Cole arrives back in the UK

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud

Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg fans, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg fans, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Eoghan Quigg, St Patrick's Day in Belfast 2009

Boyzone's Ronan Keating and X Factors Eoghan Quigg  on the Late Late Boyzone Special

Boyzone's Ronan Keating and X Factors Eoghan Quigg on the Late Late Boyzone Special

Eoghan Quigg with Diana Vickers

Eoghan Quigg with Diana Vickers

Eoghan Quigg reached the  X Factor final

Eoghan Quigg reached the X Factor final

Eoghan Quigg and Simon Cowell react as the X Factor final results are announced

Eoghan Quigg and Simon Cowell react as the X Factor final results are announced

Eoghan Quigg reached the  X Factor final

Eoghan Quigg reached the X Factor final

An X Factor fan crys after hearing that Eoghan Quigg was voted from the show

An X Factor fan crys after hearing that Eoghan Quigg was voted from the show

Eoghan Quigg's grandmother Kethleen Kelly watches as the X Factor results are announced

Eoghan Quigg's grandmother Kethleen Kelly watches as the X Factor results are announced

X Factor fans react as Eoghan Quigg is voted from the competition

X Factor fans react as Eoghan Quigg is voted from the competition

X Factor's Eoghan Quigg from Dungiven

X Factor's Eoghan Quigg from Dungiven

Going for X Factor glory: Eoghan Quigg

Going for X Factor glory: Eoghan Quigg

Eoghan Quigg with pal and X Factor rival Diana Vickers

Eoghan Quigg with pal and X Factor rival Diana Vickers

Eoghan Quigg performs at a private X Factor gig in London

Eoghan Quigg performs at a private X Factor gig in London

Eoghan Quigg meeting his new baby sister Chrissie-Mia for the first time

Eoghan Quigg meeting his new baby sister Chrissie-Mia for the first time

Eoghan Quigg at home in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg at home in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg, back in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg, back in Dungiven

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

X Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg retuns home to Dungiven, November 13, 2008

School pals mob singing star Eoghan Quigg when he came home to Dungiven yesterday to see his new baby sister Chrissie Mia

School pals mob singing star Eoghan Quigg when he came home to Dungiven yesterday to see his new baby sister Chrissie Mia

School pals mob singing star Eoghan Quigg when he came home to Dungiven yesterday to see his new baby sister Chrissie Mia

School pals mob singing star Eoghan Quigg when he came home to Dungiven yesterday to see his new baby sister Chrissie Mia

Eoghan Quigg has a new fan - his newborn baby sister Chrissie-Mia who was born just four days ago. Pictured with his brothers Dylan (left) and Calum (right) and mum and dad Chrissy and Denise at the family home in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg has a new fan - his newborn baby sister Chrissie-Mia who was born just four days ago. Pictured with his brothers Dylan (left) and Calum (right) and mum and dad Chrissy and Denise at the family home in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg's newborn baby sister Chrissie-Mia w ith his mum and dad Chrissy and Denise at the family home in Dungiven

Eoghan Quigg's newborn baby sister Chrissie-Mia w ith his mum and dad Chrissy and Denise at the family home in Dungiven

X factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg

X factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg

Eoghan Quigg

Eoghan Quigg

Sixteen-year-old Eoghan Quigg

Sixteen-year-old Eoghan Quigg

Dungiven schoolboy Eoghan Quigg

Dungiven schoolboy Eoghan Quigg

X factor star Eoghan Quigg

X factor star Eoghan Quigg

X-Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg

X-Factor hopeful Eoghan Quigg

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Cheryl Cole on new series of X Factor

The countdown is on to find an eXciting new superstar – and the next winner of the race for the Christmas No 1.

>>Click on Cheryl to launch gallery

With just four days to go to the start of the new X Factor series, these are the first pictures from the auditions as the wannabes set out to impress the judging panel and prove themselves worthy successors to Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

Tens of thousands of viewers from across Northern Ireland are expected to tune in again this series in the hope that another local finalist will follow in the footsteps of Dungiven teenager Eoghan Quigg.

The schoolboy sparked X Factor fever throughout the province last year when he made it through to the grand final of the show, alongside JLS and Alexandra Burke.

Alexandra went on to win the talent contest and in true X Factor tradition secured the coveted festive No 1 spot with her cover of the classic Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah.

This year’s auditions are set to divide the judges once again with Simon Cowell admitting they are the most eXcentric bunch so far.

“There have been some outstanding auditions and some totally bizarre ones,” said Cowell

“I think everyone will be surprised by some of the auditions that really stand out.”

Also returning this series are fellow judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole.

WALSH: ASPERGER'S CONTESTANT MAY NOT COPE

By Vicky Shaw

X Factor judge Louis Walsh believes contestants such as Scott James, who has Asperger's syndrome, may not be able to cope - but says it must be their choice whether to take part.

James, 21, who will appear on TV screens in the new series of X Factor, told judges he did not leave home for seven years because of his condition.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Walsh was asked if someone like James can take the strain of appearing on the ITV1 show.

He said: "I don't think they can, if I'm honest. People don't realise the pressure that these acts are under, especially when they're competing with everybody else backstage.

"It's a very difficult show to do, even as a judge. It's very gruelling, and it's 10 weeks of very intense performance. Everything you say and do is being watched.

"It's like Big Brother meets Jerry Springer."

Asked if it was fair on James, from Stockton-on-Tees, to allow him to appear, Walsh told the magazine: "Nobody forces anybody to go to an audition.

"I think it's a real-life story. Is he under too much pressure? I think it has to be his choice."

Asked if James knew what he was letting himself in for, Walsh said: "Initially, no," adding: "I think it's a massive reality check for some people."

Despite not appearing on TV yet, James has already been tipped as a singing sensation to rival Susan Boyle

Walsh's comments follow Boyle's much-publicised breakdown after coming second on Britain's Got Talent, which fuelled debate about whether people seen as vulnerable for whatever reason should take part in reality shows.

Since her recovery, the "Hairy Angel" has gone from strength to strength, and was transformed into a glamourpuss for the American issue of Harper's Bazaar.

James wowed judges with a rendition of You Raise Me Up, and is said to have made it through to the "boot camp" stage, which involves just 50 contestants.

Scott James on YouTube

Belfast Telegraph


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