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'X Factor' series nine final to be held in Manchester

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The X Factor 2012 final will be held in Manchester, it has been confirmed.

The talent contest is set to move from its traditional base in London for the climax of series nine, with judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh, host Dermot O'Leary and the chosen hopefuls to now head to Manchester Central.

The X Factor 2012 Judges: Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh

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Show sponsor TalkTalk has also announced that it will be giving customers 10,000 tickets to the live final weekend via its Facebook page.

Louis Walsh commented on the news: "Our live final is going to be another major event - so The X Factor 2012 has everything! I believe it's going to be our best series yet."

Commercial director of TalkTalk Tristia Clarke also said: "We can't wait to take the X Factor live finals to Manchester for the first time.

"This year we helped to create the mobile auditions, which recruited talent from all over the country, and we're delighted that 10,000 of our customers will have the chance to join us at the finals in Manchester."

The X Factor series nine begins on Saturday (August 18) at 8pm on ITV1.

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