X Factor star Paul Akister shares excitement ahead of tour performance

Published Friday, Feb 20 2015, 12:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor star Paul Akister will finally get to perform on stage at Manchester's Evening News Arena and he's just a tad excited about it!

Ok, maybe more than a tad!

Taking to Twitter earlier today, Paul tweeted: "Today is the day I get to do the thing I have always wanted to do ...to play the M.E.N arena !!!! Say what?!"

Last month, Paul won himself a late place on the 'X Factor Live Tour' and tonight he will finally get to join his fellow contestants from last year's series on stage.

After a shock exit from the X Factor in November, Paul just missed out on securing himself a tour place, after failing to make the top eight in the competition. But thanks to some hard campaigning by his mentor Mel B, the Spice Girl managed to get her fellow judges on board with reinstating Paul on the tour for its Manchester dates.

And with Manchester being his hometown, it's no surprise Paul has been counting down the days!

On finding out he would be performing at the M.E.N Arena, he 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."

Paul Akister gets hair cut for X Factor Live Tour, Instagram
19 February

© Instagram / @paulakister

Making sure he is fully prepared for his tour debut later this evening, Paul even paid a visit to the hair stylist to get himself stage ready.

Sharing a photo of his spruced up 'do to Instagram yesterday, he said: "The hair all ready for Manchester tomorrow!!! #hair #menshair #prestige #style #xfactor #xfactortour."

How very pop star-esque, eh!

Meanwhile, the rest of the X Factor finalists are already on the road and recently performed for fans in Bournemouth.

Following their second show there, X Factor winner Ben Haenow tweeted: "[Two] great shows [in] Bournemouth! Great crowds!! Hope to see you all again soon."

The gang will now head to Manchester, stopping off in Nottingham, Sheffield, Glasgow and Brighton, before finishing up in London at the end of March.

Watch Paul perform 'Try a Little Tenderness' on The X Factor here:

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