Hill show stars have the X Factor
7:24pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in © Press Association 2014
The cast of Harry Hill's new musical I Can't Sing have certainly got the X Factor if this first picture is anything to go by.
The photograph shows Hebburn actress Victoria Elliot, who plays Cheryl Cole lookalike Jordy, and Alex Knight, who plays Irish boyband manager Louis, either side of former EastEnder Nigel Harman, who stars as Simon.
Victoria, who grew up in Newcastle, said she was "absolutely made up" at getting the part of the Geordie star.
She said: "I was lucky enough to be involved in the development of the show. It's been very exciting to see it grow into the kick-ass comedy rock monster it has become.
"And to be performing at the Palladium is simultaneously thrilling and absolutely terrifying. My dad's absolutely buzzing, obviously. Apparently everyone used to go there on a Sunday night or something.
"Jordy is a brilliant character, I love her. All little girls in the North East grow up longing to become an internationally renowned, pampered pop diva. It seems my time has finally come - because I'm worth it."
The show, a spoof of the hit singing show, tells the story of a young woman who lives in a caravan with a talking dog and finds fame on the talent show.
Harry, who joked the show was his ''brainchild, not lovechild'', told reporters at the show's launch that Simon Cowell had come to him with one demand: ''He did ask, 'please could there be a part for Sinitta', but you've got to draw the line somewhere."
The show, which stars Cynthia Erivo as the young hopeful and Alan Morrissey as an environmental campaigner and young plumber trying to find fame, opens at the Palladium in March.
It includes digs at stars include Geri Halliwell and James Blunt and lyrics about hopefuls who want to be ''like George Michael with better parking, like Robbie Williams but not as barking''.