X FACTOR hopeful Lola Saunders has made it through to the next round of the competition.
The 20-year-old, of East Boldon, who works at Whitburn fishmonger’s Latimer’s, secured her place at boot camp during an emotional performance at the weekend.
Lola, who is the daughter of former Newcastle United player Wes Saunders, froze when she took to the stage in Wembley Arena.
However, after being comforted by judge, and former Spice Girl, Mel B, she was able to give show-stopping performance of Aretha Franklin’s classic hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
Geordie judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, said: “It is unbelievable to think someone so good has no idea about how much potential they have.
“I can’t imagine going from gutting fish to standing on Wembley and actually having them on their feet applauding.”
Louis Walsh also said: “You came to London and you conquered Wembley.”
As she was leaving the stage, hard-to-please music mogul Simon Cowell, said: “That’s the sort of person that you want to win the show.”
Lola’s family, including her gran and grandad, who she describes as her “big supporters” travelled to London to watch her audition in front of 5,000 people.
She will next be seen on ITV at the weekend, during the boot camp stage of the talent contest.