Nicky McDonald’s Hamilton date

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Motherwell’s X-Factor hero Nicholas McDonald is staging a special concert at Hamilton Palace on January 4.

It will be his first local showing of the new year, and follows his sell-out success at Glasgow venue The Garage on December 29.

So many people wanted to attend that show - which he described as “the best ever” - that the star was forced to move from nearby venue Campus to take advantage of an extra 200 seats, and they sold out too.

For hundreds of fans it was a chance to enjoy “close up” a selection of the songs that took him all the way to the final of X-Factor.

Meanwhile for Nicholas it was a chance to thank mum Eileen by singing “happy birthday” to her - for which she was obliged to go on stage with him.

Dad Derrick and wee sister Antonia were also present for a concert reckoned every bit as memorable as his prime-time exploits on STV.

Now he’s set for Hamilton Palace on January 4, where tickets are £15, or £20 “meet and greet”, and doors are open from 4pm.

For further information phone the venue at 01698284111.