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Monday 22 December 2014

The Insider

GOOD news for X Factor fans. Organisers of the live tour have just announced extra dates for the 2013 event.

It has been confirmed that the final seven acts on the ITV programme will be taking to the road to perform for all their Irish fans, which means that last weekend's shock evictee Ella Henderson will definitely be included. Joining her will be James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark, Chris Maloney, Union J and District3.

The stars will take to the stage at Dublin's O2 on February 25 and 26 and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on 27. Tickets will go on sale next Thursday at 9am.

•The acclaimed Dublin Gospel Choir will be performing a unique concert on December 31 in the Christ Church Cathedral as they help get everyone in the party mood ahead of the arrival of 2013.

They last performed in the iconic venue last January as part of The Dubliners 50th anniversary celebrations, which sold out on both dates.

No strangers to performing for the big crowds, they have shared stages with music veterans, including Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Damien Rice and Chris de Burgh.

Tickets cost €45 and include a post-concert reception followed by a private gathering on the grounds of the church to ring in 2013.

•Hazel O'Sullivan and Kelly Donegan will be stripping down to their smalls this week after landing a shoot with Zoo magazine. Fans of the two pals, who are frequently over in the UK promoting darts competitions, will be seeing a whole lot more of them shortly.

The pair have revealed their excitement at the prospect of appearing in the lads mag and are due to head to London this weekend for the job.

Tallafornia star Kelly will be back on our small screens shortly as series 2 of the TV3 reality show comes back for another run. One episode of the new programme is due to air before Christmas, giving viewers a taster of what to expect, with the remainder of the show being aired in 2013.

•There will be much celebration among Dublin's ladies this week when Movember finally comes to an end.

The annual event aimed at encouraging Irish guys to sprout as much upper lip hair as they can throughout November is drawing to a close. And to mark the charity fundraiser finishing up, a gala party is being held at the Village on Wexford Street on Thursday as the event to raise awareness for prostate cancer winds up for another year.

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