Lola keeps X Factor dream alive

ON SONG... Lola Saunders is marching on in the X Factor.
ON SONG... Lola Saunders is marching on in the X Factor.
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SINGING star Lola Saunders has kept her bid for X Factor glory on track after proving a vote winner with the public.

The talented 20-year-old was among the finalists to win through tonight’s nail-biting results show.

Lola, from East Boldon, won rave reviews from the judges for her stirring rendition of When you Believe from the Prince of Egypt during the movie-themed Saturday contest.

The two acts who received the least votes from the public were forced to sing-off for their right to remain in the competition for another week.

But Lola won enough support to make it through to the fourth week of the live stage portion of the ITV hit show.

The X Factor judges, including Simon Cowell and her own mentor, former girls Aloud songstress, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini told her she now needs to back her takent - by believing in herself.

Simon Cowell said of her Saturday showing: “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.”

Lola was cheered on by parents Wes and Tina Saunders, members of her family who had travelled from Leicester, as well as boyfriend Jordan and best pal Alex De Giorgio on Saturday.

Mum Tina Saunders said: “We are all incredibly proud of her.

“She is going out there and performing in front of millions of people – and she is aware that millions of people are watching.

“To get to the live finals is an incredible feat in itself.”