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The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Paije Richardson performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Paije Richardson performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Aidan Grimshaw performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Aidan Grimshaw performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Cher Lloyd performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Cher Lloyd performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Rebecca Ferguson performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Rebecca Ferguson performs

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. One Direction perform

The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. One Direction perform

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The X Factor Live Tour which took place last night in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Paije Richardson performs

X Factor fever again gripped thousands of ‘X-cited’ music fans in Belfast last night as the popular show’s arena tour hit town, giving local fans the |opportunity to see their favourite finalist in the flesh.

Despite the televised talent competition having been one of the most controversial yet thanks to allegations of fixes and favouritism, the finalists |reunited to sing the cover |songs they had performed on the show.

As usual, the live tour is a slick, professional and fast-moving choreographed concert, boasting multi-screen staging, backing singers, hard-working dancers and a storming live house band, plus an additional satellite stage in the centre of the arena.

As in previous years, all of the ‘also-rans’ were allocated two songs apiece — with the exception of Cher Lloyd, who had four songs (no favouritism there then, Simon). Each was paraded on to enjoy their short moment of fame in front of the sell-out arena audience.

While her bright red hair may have made her stand out more than her performance did, it was Cher’s annoying attitude that needed changing, not her hair.

Dressed in black with a bouncy tutu and pink ribbon, her odd-ball fashion sense was as unimpressive as her ever-rapping vocals. On songs like The Clapping Song/Get Your Freak On and Girlfriend, she proved how she invented ‘brat rap’.

Sadly, due to illness, Dublin’s supermarket checkout girl Mary Byrne could not appear last night, but the ever-happy Paije Richardson pleased with I’m A Believer and Killing Me Softly.

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In complete contrast, overly serious teenager Aiden Grimshaw gave us Diamonds Are Forever, while the fragile and often-saved Katie Waissell showed why she needed saving when she pleaded for Help with The Beatles classic.

Surrounded by dancing girls, bongo-playing Brazilian Wagner Carillho was in his element, with his She Bangs/Love Shack mash-up, while the classiest act of all, shy Rebecca Ferguson, moved proceedings up to top gear with her sultry and soulful versions of Show Me Love and Make You Feel My Love — pure excellence.

While the night belonged to deserved winner Matt Cardle after the interval, the young boy band with a big future, One Direction, brought the first half to a climax with versions of Chasing Cars and Kids In America.


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