The X-Factor live tour rehearsals have got underway and will see the finalists reunited for the first time since the grand final before Christmas.

The first date of the official X-Factor tour is due to kick off later this month. With 37 dates planned for cities across the UK, the non-stop performing will keep the X-Factor stars busy until April.

One Direction have joined their fellow contestants including winner Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, Wagner, Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd, Padje Richardson, Mary Byrne and Aiden Grimshaw as the gang prepare for the start of the X-Factor tour which already boasts a number of sell out dates in several cities.

Cher Lloyd is very excited to be back together with her X-Factor pals as she took to her Twitter account this week to tell her fans she is having a “crackin time” rehearsing with a live band ready for the tour dates.

One Direction even played a warm up gig in Oxford this week giving fans a taster of what to expect once the full tour gets started.

To coincide with the launch of the X-Factor Tour, One Direction will be releasing a book through top name publishers HarperCollins. The glossy hardback, Forever Young: Our X Factor Story, will feature exclusive pictures of the One Direction boys, plus diary entries from Zain, Liam, Niall, Louis and Harry and all the behind the scenes gossip. The book will be on sale from February 17th.