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IPSWICH: Couldn’t make it the Britain’s Got Talent final? Oh, well.

Failed to get a coveted ticket for the X Factor Live Tour? Never mind. The country’s top talent is coming to you this summer.

That’s right, get ready to scream, sing and dance the night away with the stars of both hit ITV1 shows right here in Ipswich.

Big Friday, on July 9, will see Diversity plus singers Jedward, Danyl Johnson, Jamie Archer and Stacey Solomon rock Christchurch Park in one extraordinary night of entertainment.

Dazzling dance troupe Diversity were the first artists to be announced for this summer’s spectacular, one of many Ip-Art events scheduled for the coming months.

Fusing musical genres such as classical to hip-hop, their eye-popping routines had fans glued to their TVs as they pipped hotly-tipped favourite Susan Boyle to win Britain’s Got Talent.

Since winning the show, Diversity have performed in front of The Queen, performed outside 10 Downing Street in front of the prime minister and were asked by Michael Jackson to open all 50 of his This Is It shows before his sudden death.

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Dublin-born twins John and Edward Grimes’ X Factor journey may have had more highs and lows than a bungee jump, but they were always entertaining.

Brushing off criticism normally reserved for the worst of criminals and cold-callers they stayed ice, ice baby right up until week seven of the live finals.

Twenty-seven-year-old teacher Danyl Johnson became an overnight sensation when he brought the opening episode of the last series to an unforgettable climax with his first audition.

So far, his performance has had nearly two million hits on YouTube. Following in the footsteps of Susan “Subo” Boyle he has also popped up on the reality radar across the pond.

Fellow former contestant Jamie Archer is the 34-year-old musician also known as Jamie Afro for obvious reasons.

Aged ten he watched Jimi Hendrix perform in concert, knowing right then he wanted to become a musician. He’d been gigging for more than eight years when he auditioned for the ITV1 talent show, finishing in seventh place.

Last, but by no means least, is Essex’s very own Stacey Solomon.

The mum of two-year-old Zach has become a household name thanks to her down-to-earth character and infectious joy for singing.

Having performed for as long as she can remember, Stacey had applied for the show before but never made it past the first audition stage. This year she certainly made good on her vow to win over the judges.

Stacey’s first audition left them speechless and she continued to shine – remaining the last woman standing in the live finals. Who can forget her duet with Michael Buble in the final week?

Since leaving the show, she has been performing at gigs up and down the UK, doing photo shoots and making TV appearances.

Since February she’s also been starring in the 57-show X Factor Tour, performing her favourite songs from the show.

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