Cheryl Cole admitted that having Joe McElderry in the final of The X Factor brings back memories of her time on a TV talent show.

Newcastle-born Cheryl, who secured her place in Girl’s Aloud as one of the winners of Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, is mentoring finalist – and fellow Geordie – Joe McElderry, who’s favourite to win the ITV1 talent show this weekend.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Cheryl said: “Even watching how Joe’s family reacts when he’s up there brings back memories.

“The North East have been right behind him and I couldn’t be more proud that he’s from our city.”

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