STAFF and students at a South Tyneside training company are getting behind their classmate Lola Saunders as she bids for X Factor stardom.
The 20-year-old, of East Boldon, is vying for the winner’s crown on the TV talent show again tonight.
She had been due to start a level-three course in childcare with Boldon Colliery’s Training in Care, however, and now staff and students there are cheering her on as she battles her way through the rounds.
Dr Angela Brown, chief executive of the company, based in Witney Way at Boldon Business Park, said: “Lola came to us and was interested in a career in childcare.
“She completed her level two last year, which included a work placement in which she excelled. She had been due to start her level-three training last week, but, obviously, she has more pressing things to concentrate on at the moment, like winning The X Factor.
“We are all so proud of Lola and what she has achieved so far in the competition.
“We are all rooting for her and know she has it in her to go all the way.
“Everyone at Training in Care is wishing her all the best.”
Lola will be back on the X Factor tonight for a Halloween-themed show.
Her parents, Wes and Tina, and other family members will again make the journey to London to cheer her on.
Last week, Lola won rave reviews from the judges for her stirring rendition of When You Believe from the 1988 animated film The Prince Of Egypt, a No 4 hit for Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, during a movie-themed round.
Simon Cowell told her: “That was stunning. You look stunning and sound stunning.
“You need to start believing in yourself. You are potentially a great singer.”
Lola’s mentor, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, added: “The reason I chose this song is this is a miracle.
“You have gone from gutting fish to living your dream, and I am going to help you get there.
“You have got to believe. You don’t know how many people you are inspiring.”
The X Factor returns to ITV tonight at 8pm.