Coronation Street's Kirk auditions for X Factor
As part of a series of celebratory episodes, Coronation Street: The Big 50 will include a sketch featuring Kirk Sutherland auditioning for The X Factor. In the sketch, Andy Whyment, who plays Coronation Street's Kirk Sutherland, will be seen lining up among thousands of singing hopefuls in a bid to impress The X Factor judges, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Belting out the Kings of Leon hit Sex is on Fire Kirk rocks the live audience before anxiously awaiting his fate. Kirk's audition is one of several specially filmed sketches which form part of The Big 50 show, to be hosted by Paul O'Grady. Paul will also play host to the Ultimate Corrie Quiz during which celebrity super-fans and current cast members will have their Weatherfield wisdom put to the test. Talking of his love for the soap, Paul said: "If I don't dip into the lives of the folk from Weatherfield on a regualr basis I get withdrawal symptoms. "As a vampire needs blood, I need a nightly dose of Corrie. It has always been there, Bill Roache and Barbara Knox are as familiar faces as family." Coronation Steet: The Big 50 will screen on ITV1, Friday, Decemeber 10 at 9pm.
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