Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snaps Which Prove She's Always Had the X Factor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snaps Which Prove She's Always Had the X Factor

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

SHE grew up glued to a microphone - and here are the pictures to prove it.

X Factor hopeful Lola Saunders was born to sing and her parents admit she had "every karaoke machine possible".

But behind her powerful voice the sensitive 20-year-old is battling her shyness as she steps on stage in front of millions.

And the East Boldon lass is determined to prove she's got what it takes to follow her dream.

Proud parents Wes and Tina say the srhow is giving her a massive confidence boost.

And they opened their family photo album to show how she has clung to a mic throughout her life.

"At two-years-old she just picked up a turkey baster from out of the draw, made up a tune and started singing into it," said Tina, 49.

"We thought it was funny and grabbed the camera and took a picture of her.

"That was it, she loved singing and had every karaoke machine possible.

"Wes's sister has a big coffee table and Lola would stand on it and sing. We all had to wait until she had finished.

"She was always a shy person but through music could express herself.

"She was up at every assembly at school and our stomachs would flip with nerves, but she loved it."

Ex-Newcastle United footballer dad Wes, 51, said: "It was her idea to enter the X Factor.

"Before this she had sang at a buskers' night at a pub and something for charity, but that was all she did.

"She is really pushing herself to follow her dream and the X Factor is giving her the opportunity to do that."

Lola, a former Whitburn C of E Academy student, and has younger brother Harris, started working as a fishmonger in Latimers Seafood Deli at the age of 15 and has put her level three in child care on hold while she concentrates on the X Factor. …

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