The X Factor 2012 final to be held in Manchester

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

It's been confirmed today that this year's series will conclude with a huge live show at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, which can hold over 11,000 people.

The finalists and judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Consotavlos and Louis Walsh will move the show to the city for the final live show way ahead in December.

Last year was the first time that the live final had moved from its base at Fountain Studios, with the last live show being put on in front of thousands of fans at Wembley Arena.

Louis Walsh said "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."

X Factor sponsors Talk Talk confirmed the news today, as they revealed they'd be giving away tickets to customers to the show.

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."

[cat]The X Factor[/cat] starts on Saturday night on ITV1.

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