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X Factor star Ray Quinn does it his way at Waterstones Wolverhampton

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Excited fans came in their droves to a book store to meet TV reality star and popular Liverpudlian Ray Quinn.

The 2006 X Factor runner-up and Dancing On Ice champion was the special guest at Wolverhampton's Waterstones store in Victoria Street as he launched his new penned autobiography with a signing session. Quinn also performed last night at The Robin 2 - the first date of his 2015 UK tour.

His first book titled 'This Time Round' tells the story of the 26-year-old's eventful career in the entertainment industry and the ups and downs he's faced over the years.

Quinn, who dreamed of fame from early childhood, started out as an award-winning dancer before taking up the role of victimised teenager Anthony Murray on Channel 4 soap Brookside.

Years later the cheeky-chappy returned to the limelight on The X Factor as his singing talents and popularity helped him finish in second place losing to Leona Lewis more than nine years ago.

More success followed as his self-titled debut album Doing It My Way released in 2007 went straight to number one in the UK charts, also going Platinum in its first week.

But despite being dropped by his record label years later, Quinn once again returned to the small screen wowing the nation with his skills on Dancing On Ice - becoming champion of the show's fourth series.

And things are once again looking up for Quinn with a UK tour now underway and a new album coming out in the next month or two - as well as his first book.

Speaking to the Express & Star he said: "I've been to Wolverhampton a couple of times and got some friends who live here so it's always nice to come to a place where I enjoy coming to. It's a great city.

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"I've always wanted to get a book done and tell the world what my life has been about and who I am.

"This book is about getting my personality out there because there are a lot of perceptions of me through the industry from people who don't know me. I'm not just from The X Factor I've done things way before that. People maybe shocked but there is swearing in it so it's not for children."

Excited fan Katie Duffy, 20, drove from her home city of Birmingham to Wolverhampton to meet one of her favourite stars.

Ray with Bethany Kendall from Penn and Shirley Goodger from Willenhall

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Ray signs copy of his book, This Time Round

"I've been a huge fan of Ray's for a long time starting from when he appeared on the X Factor," she said.

"As soon as I saw he was coming to Wolverhampton I didn't think twice about making the trip."

Fellow fan Hailey Russell, 16, from Wolverhampton also met the star during the signing session.

"I'm a massive fan of Ray and its great for the city he has come here. I loved his performances on Dancing on Ice, he was outstanding."

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