Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SHAYNE BRINGS HIS X FACTOR TO THE COBBLES ; Singer Is Joining Cast of Corrie as Distant Cousin of Michelle Connor, Played by Kym Marsh

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SHAYNE BRINGS HIS X FACTOR TO THE COBBLES ; Singer Is Joining Cast of Corrie as Distant Cousin of Michelle Connor, Played by Kym Marsh

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FORMER X Factor winner Shayne Ward will set pulses racing when he arrives on the Coronation Street cobbles as Aidan Connor.

The pop heartthrob says he'll be keeping in good shape for his new role as a distant cousin of Michelle Connor played by Kym Marsh.

His 'nice but fiery' character makes his Weather-field debut on Friday, August 21.

Shayne said: "I love my food but I keep in shape. I have a love for running. If they want me to take my top off it could happen."

Shayne, from Clayton, was staying with his Corrie-fan mum Philomena when he heard that he had landed the role. And she was the first person he told. He said: "I stayed at my mum's the night I found out. The phone rang and they told me I'd got the part. I said 'I've got great news' and the smile on her face was incredible."

Aidan, who arrives to help troubled Underworld factory boss Carla Connor, is rumoured to find romance on the soap with blonde barmaid Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, when her character makes a return to the cobbles later this year.

Describing his character, Shayne said: "He was brought up on the same estate as the Connors.

"My father and I moved to Tenerife. He hears about Carla's problems with the factory and I get a secret phone call to ask me to come back."

He added: "He is a guy willing to help and he's got charisma and charm. …

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