South Tyneside summer concerts get the X Factor

X Factor star Alexandra Burke.
Pic by Joseph Sinclair.
X Factor star Alexandra Burke. Pic by Joseph Sinclair.
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X Factor favourites are heading to South Tyneside this weekend to kick off this year's summer concerts.

Stars Alexandra Burke, Ben Haenow and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie will all perform live at Bents Park in South Shields this Sunday, July 10, with an audience of thousands of music lovers expected to turn up on the day.

Alexandra, who is currently touring the UK as leading lady in acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard, first rose to fame after winning the fifth series of ITV talent show, The X Factor in 2008.

She currently stands as one of the show’s most successful winners, selling over four million records in the UK alone and has enjoyed a string of hits including Hallelujah, Bad Boys and Broken Heels.

In May 2015 Alexandra released her self-funded EP Renegade to critical acclaim, with a new album scheduled for release next year. In the meantime she is enjoying a successful theatre career and will be taking on the lead role in the musical, Sister Act, from August 2016.

Ben Haenow, who released his debut album late last year, stormed to victory on the eleventh series of the show in 2014 and topped the UK charts with his winner’s single Something I Need.

The following year fan favourites Reggie ‘N’ Bollie claimed second place in the singing competition, after being mentored in the group’s category by former X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The event will start at 1pm and entry is free.