(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog in July, 2010, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Coronation Street character Kirk Sutherland is pictured in today's Sun as one of the hopefuls at the last night of the X Factor auditions. (similar to the Canadian Idol type of show)
The paper says that actor Andy Whyment was in character as Kirk at the Manchester auditions, but Corrie bosses remained tight-lipped about his appearance - insisting it was for a stunt and NOT for a storyline.
However, over at rival tabloid the Mirror, they said that Kirk turned up for the audition as part of Corrie's 50th anniversary celebrations. It was, but it wasn't part of the storyline , more part of the publicity.