X Factor 2014 tour moves to Manchester

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The X Factor 2014 tour moves to the UK this week and the contestants are excited.

The top eight finalists from last year’s live final line up – Abi Alton, Hannah Barrett, Luke Friend, Nicholas McDonald, Rough Copy, Sam Bailey, Sam Callahan and Tamera Foster – are all be on the bill for this year’s tour.

Last week saw the group performing in Dublin and this weekend they'll be singing to thousands at Manchester's Phones4U Arena.

Although Nicholas McDonald is looking more forward to performing to his home crowds in Scotland next month.

“I know Aberdeen fans were picking up the phone and voting for me every week. I think all of Scotland was,” he said this week. “I just want to thank everyone in Aberdeen who supported me and voted for me on the show. "

Meanwhile Abi Alton has promised fans to expect surprises from her performances on the tour.

"I think they’re going to be quite shocked because I’ve gone from being just a singer to being a performer and entertainer," she said. "I’m still staying true to myself - I’m just a better performer now."

Abi, who was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger on the live show last year, explained: “We have a creative director, Beth, who really ‘gets’ the artist I want to be. Her ideas for the stage, the lighting and what I wear very much fit in with that.

“It’s nice to be helped by someone who really believes in what I’m doing. And the voting thing doesn’t count any more - it’s purely about making us the best performers we can possibly be.”

> X Factor 2013 live tour set list (SPOILERS!)

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