Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

X Factor Talent in the Flesh; X Factor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

X Factor Talent in the Flesh; X Factor

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Byline: Simon Duke

X Factor Simon WE'RE more used to critiquing them from our sofa, normally with some sort of takea way or nibbles beside us, but it was time for Northeast X Factor fans to pass judgement in the esh as the talent show's latest crop of contestants hit the stage at the Metro Radio Arena. e 2014 series also had added Geordie interest thanks to our own Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's much publicised return to the judging panel and East Boldon's own Lola Saunders nishing 10th.

Unfortunately neither Lola, whose position wasn't quite enough to secure a place on the tour or Cheryl, who did a rather impressive swan dive at the arena back in 2012, were on stage but fortunately for the slightly more subdued than expected audience, there were others intent on making an impression.

A woman who certainly struck a chord with many viewers last year was Fleur East. Just as she lit up the studio and our TV screens during the winter months, she grabbed the spotlight right from the o" with a powerful performance of Macklemore's Can't Hold Us.

at was just a taster of what Fleur had in her locker for the evening and paved the way nicely for one of wor Chezza's acts Lauren Platt.

e Essex youngster secured fourth place in e X Factor's latest run and showed exactly why she climbed to the upper echelons of the 2014 rankings with Happy and How Will I Know and then gave a vocal masterclass later on with Don't You Worry Child.

Early front runner Jay James was up next with a reprise of his well received stab at Sigma & Paloma Faith's Changing back in week one of the live shows.

e audience were then left with a distinct and largely satisfying taste of cheddar in their mouths when the cheesetastic Stevi "I love the Geordies" Ritchie made his rst foray on to the stage.

He would return later for more of the same with Footloose and Bohemian Rhapsody (on a high wire!) and, as expected from his Saturday night turns, was a real showman.

To a di"erent kind of showman in the form of Andrea Faustini. e Italian powerhouse might not have huge stage presence but he has a mighty voice and it was great to see him get behind the mic to sing what was rumoured to have been lined up as his winner's single - I Didn't Know My Own Strength. …

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