The X Factor 2015 tour: Contestants hit rehearsals ahead of opening night

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The X Factor 2015 live tour is approaching and the contestants are hard at work in rehearsals.

Tweeting this week, series runner up Fleur East said: "Day 2 of tour rehearsals!! Hope everyone's having a good Friday!"

The group have been rehearsing their songs, dance routines and group numbers in a London studio before kicking off their live arena dates in Belfast on Friday.

Lauren Platt, who finished fourth in the contest, revealed that she was putting all of her energy into the X Factor 2015 tour.

"At the moment my main priority is the tour, you don’t know who’s watching, there could be so many important eyes on you – so that’s my main priority," she said. "Then after that, my main priority will hopefully be getting a record deal."

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The group have 30 dates worth of performances lined up all over the UK and Ireland, including Manchester which will see a very special guest.

Paul Akister will join the bill for the dates in his home city after a good word from mentor Mel B.

Paul, who just missed out on being a part of the full line up, said: "I'm so excited to be part of The X Factor Live Tour.

"Performing in my hometown arena is a dream come true and I cannot wait to see everyone again."

Meanwhile Stevi Ritchie has revealed he's working on strengthening his voice for the live performances and also been losing weight ahead of the first night.

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"I can't wait!" he said. "Bring it on, I'm going to rock it every night."

Third placed Andrea Faustini added: "It seems so strange to be together once again but allround the country."

TellyMix will be at the opening night to bring you all the gossip from the set list to the first pictures - so be sure to stick with us.

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