Lola’s dream is still alive

THROUGH: Lola Saunders has survived to sing another day after performing on Saturday's X Factor.

THROUGH: Lola Saunders has survived to sing another day after performing on Saturday's X Factor.

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LOLA Saunders is still in the game after surviving the first week of X Factor live shows.

The 20-year-old, from East Boldon, impressed judges on Saturday night with her rendition of Sam Smith’s Stay With Me.

Simon Cowell said he was “absolutely gobsmacked” she wasn’t put through to the live shows in the first place and predicted she will be back on stage next week.

Louis Walsh said she had “the voice of an angel”, while former Spice Girl Mel B told her she has that “extra special something.”

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said Lola sang “stunningly” and told her how proud she was of her, while Lola told host Dermot O’Leary she was “dead chuffed” to be back.

It seems Lola, who works at Whitburn fishmongers Latimer’s, also made an impression on the public after they voted to keep her in the ITV talent show for another week.

The talented songstress moved her family members to tears as they watched on from the audience on Saturday.

Mum Tina said: “It was amazing, but we weren’t sure if we would have been better off watching it on telly because we were so nervous.

“When she found out she was second to go on we weren’t sure whether it was best to be on at the start or the end.

“We all thought she did absolutely brilliant though. She did her best and she’s really done us proud.

“It’s hard to put into words exactly how it felt being there and watching her perform.

“It’s weird because you watch the show one year, and then the next year, you’re daughter is part of it.

“Both sets of grandparents, her brother and her boyfriend were there to watch too and everyone is just so proud.”

Despite being sent home from the judges’ houses stage of the contest by her mentor Cheryl, Lola was thrown a lifeline by Louis.

Each mentor was tasked with choosing one of the rejected acts from another category to bring back and Louis travelled to East Boldon to surprise Lola with the news.

After making it through tonight’s show, Lola will sing again next Saturday, when the theme will be ‘I love gthe 80s’.

Sisters Blonde Electra were sent home after receiving the fewest public votes and boyband Overload Generation were given the boot after competing in a sing-off with former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Stephanie Nala.

The X Factor returns to ITV1 at 8pm on Saturday.

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