X Factor finalists to be housed in £3.5m Mill Hill mansion

This year's X-Factor house

This year's X-Factor house

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A MILL Hill mansion has been chosen to house the 12 finalists of this year's X Factor.

The £3.5m house, styled like a Spanish villa in a secluded cul-de-sac, has been rented by the ITV1 show's producers to house this year's hopefuls.

Last year residents in West Heath Avenue, Golders Green, were inundated with screaming fans who caused a huge disturbance during half-term, chanting outside the house until late into the night.

This year the producers have gone for a more rural location, renting the £2,500-per-week home in a private road and hiring beefy security guards to patrol the street.

Chief Inspector Simon Causer, who is in charge of safer neighbourhood teams in Barnet, said they had spoken to producers about the location of the house.

He added: “We are aware of the location of the X Factor house, and the local safer neighbourhood team will be liaising with the management of the show.

"The area will be policed as appropriate, as and when any need arises."

Matt Wright, the manager of the local pub, said he hopes contestants drop in for a drink, as many of last year's stars frequented businesses in Golders Green.

He told the Times Series: “Cher is my current favourite, but obviously we don't know who's actually got through from boot camp yet.

“They would definitely all be welcome to come in whenever they wanted, it would be really good if they did.

“It certainly won't do business any harm either as I'm sure we will have a few of the fans who want to come and see the stars through the door.”

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9:30am Thu 30 Sep 10

Teeside Ock says...

If I make it through X Factor boot camp then I shall definitely visit Matt’s pub for a couple of ales - I love dlinking me. I hope that my stirring rendition of Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” will be enough to see me out of the camp and into the house. I’m also looking to sing a duet as well if I can find a suitable boot camp partner. Cher would do but I’m truly hoping that an Anita Dobson or Carol Decker will be present. Their dulcet tones would compliment my unique, gravelly, angry, Teeside style of singing. Bring it on!
If I make it through X Factor boot camp then I shall definitely visit Matt’s pub for a couple of ales - I love dlinking me. I hope that my stirring rendition of Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” will be enough to see me out of the camp and into the house. I’m also looking to sing a duet as well if I can find a suitable boot camp partner. Cher would do but I’m truly hoping that an Anita Dobson or Carol Decker will be present. Their dulcet tones would compliment my unique, gravelly, angry, Teeside style of singing. Bring it on! Teeside Ock
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9:49am Thu 30 Sep 10

Millwall Stefan says...

Good Luck Teeside Mate. Hope you get through. You will be no Olly Murs tho mate. He's blinding mate and wears size small Top Man gear.
Hey Ock, liked your version of Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi in Gliffins Got Talent, but you struggled to carry off that size medium denim jacket, shame they done make XM or XXM for you mate either that or cut down on your Barley Gold.
Anyway mate, just going round to your mates and my mate and future father in law, Postie. He's alright mate. He can carry off a Limahl number, no probs mate.
Good Luck Teeside Mate. Hope you get through. You will be no Olly Murs tho mate. He's blinding mate and wears size small Top Man gear. Hey Ock, liked your version of Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi in Gliffins Got Talent, but you struggled to carry off that size medium denim jacket, shame they done make XM or XXM for you mate either that or cut down on your Barley Gold. Anyway mate, just going round to your mates and my mate and future father in law, Postie. He's alright mate. He can carry off a Limahl number, no probs mate. Millwall Stefan
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