X Factor: Cheering on Lola

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LOLA Saunders’ parents think our posters have the X-tra Factor as they get ready to watch their daughter battle for survival tonight.

The X Factor star’s family are so delighted with the Echo’s backing of the 20-year-old, from East Boldon, they’ve took scores of our posters down to tonight’s live shows in London.

Vote X-Factor's Lola Saunders.'Mother Tina'Sunderland Echo

Vote X-Factor's Lola Saunders.'Mother Tina'Sunderland Echo

Parents Tina and Wes will be handing them out to fellow audience members so they can wave them during the live show.

Wes, a former Newcastle United footballer, said: “The posters are great. We want to give them to the rest of the family and have them in the audience – the more support for Lola, the better.

“We need to keep the momentum going and get people behind her.”

This evening Lola will be singing a song to fit in with the show’s 80s-themed weekend.

Tina, who is also mum to Harris, 16, said: “Obviously we can’t reveal what it is, but I can say she’s quite happy with her song choice, so I’m just keeping everything crossed that her performance will go well and she holds it all together.

“I’m just dreading the results show tomorrow. It’s horrible waiting, I feel ill.

“I know people are saying Lola is doing really well, but at the end of the day, you don’t know how the votes will go, or the actual performance.

“When you’re in the studio audience, with all the hype going on, everyone sounds amazing. It’s impossible to decide who is the best.”

Bookies have already placed Lola, a former Whitburn C of E Academy pupil, as third favourite to win the show, with Andrea Faustini taking the top spot at 11/8, and Stereo Kicks sitting in second at 16/1.

However, despite the slim chances of Lola, who worked at Latimer’s fishmongers in Whitburn while studying for a child care qualification, exiting the competition at this early stage, Tina is refusing to get complacent.

She added: “The support we’ve received so far from everyone has been fantastic. This first week has just been amazing, crazy, but amazing.

“This is such an experience for Lola and we’re urging everyone to continue.”