X Factor winner Ben Haenow reunites with fellow finalists ahead of tour

Published Wednesday, Feb 4 2015, 13:55 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor winner Ben Haenow was reunited with his fellow finalists earlier today.

Heading to tour rehearsals, Ben and the rest of the show's former stars have been busy preparing for their 'X Factor Live Tour' debut next Friday (13 February).

And despite it being freezing outside, the 30-year-old was all smiles to be back with his pals again.

Ben Haenow outside of X Factor tour rehearsals
4 February


That and the fact that he has bagged himself a new career as a pop star!

Back in December, Ben was crowned as the winner of The X Factor 2014 and since then he has gone onto sign his winner's record deal and begin work on his debut album.

But what is it like to now have Simon Cowell as a boss?

Former van driver Ben told Reveal: "Simon is absolutely lovely, he's actually really chilled!"

Taking a break from the studio to focus on the upcoming nationwide tour, Ben was joined in rehearsals by runner-up Fleur East, Andrea Faustini, the Stereo Kicks boys and Only The Young.

Andrea Faustini outside tour rehearsals for the X Factor Live Tour
4 February


Stereo Kicks outside of tour rehearsals for the X Factor Live Tour
4 February


Next week, the former finalists will hit the road, kicking things off in Belfast for their first tour performance.

Taking to the stage for 30 dates, the gang will then head up and down the country - including Manchester where former X Factor star Paul Akister will join them - thanks to his mentor Mel B!

Following his shock early exit from the live shows last year, Paul failed to secure a place in the top eight and as a result lost out on a place on the X Factor tour.

Paul Akister is coming back for The X Factor Tour 2015 Manchester dates.


Not willing to give up that easily though, Mel stepped in and after receiving backing from her fellow X Factor judges, Paul has been given a spot when the tour hits Manchester.

Speaking about his upcoming performance, Paul 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."

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