THE best pal of an X Factor star believes her friend could take the winner’s crown.
Alex De Giorgio is rooting all the way for Lola Saunders, who has made it through to the next round of the hit ITV1 talent show.
The pair have been friends since they were six and Alex reckons there’s no reason why Lola won’t go all the way.
Alex, 21, from Cleadon, said: “I’m so proud of her. She’s always wanted to be a singer, but she’s never had much confidence, now she’s living her dream.
“She’s always been far too shy. I don’t think she realised how good she is, but now everyone else can see.
“I think she’s going to do really well, there’s no reason why she couldn’t win it, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win, is it?
“Look at the acts that have came in as runners-up, they’ve done amazing too.”
Since the 20–year–old, from East Boldon, first appeared on The X Factor, Alex, a business admin worker at South Shields Town Hall, has been glued to the television watching her friend in action.
She hopes that if Lola, who worked at fishmongers Latimer’s in Whitburn, stays in the competition, she will get the chance to see her sing live next month.
Alex said: “I went with her to her first audition at the Baltic, and then down to Wembley with her too.
“The Baltic audition especially was such a long day, we stood from 8am to 11pm. I think Lola was so exhausted by it all and it didn’t really sink in how well she’d done.”
When Lola wasn’t picked by mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at the judges’ houses stage to go through to the live shows, Alex admits they were sad.
However, the glumness was short-lived when it emerged the singer had been selected as a “wild card” and would still be performing in front of millions of TV viewers.
Alex said: “She rang from France to say that she hadn’t made it, so naturally we were gutted.
“However, on September 20, my 21st birthday, she came bursting round to explain that she’s been put back into the competition, but it had to remain a big secret.
“Lola wasn’t going to say anything because she didn’t want to take the shine off my birthday, but it was amazing news, so of course I wanted to know.
“It’s be so hard keeping it a secret though.”
Alex added: “We’re all hoping that she does really well, and that everyone votes for her.”