Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'M Going to Keep Going and Gral Chances

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'M Going to Keep Going and Gral Chances

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Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter

DEFIANT X Factor hopeful Lola Saunders has told of her tears, feras and hopes for the future.

The young singer who was eliminated on Sunday night's results show, said she felt she was finally overcoming her nerves - just as she was voted off.

But back home on Tyneside after the X Factor whirlwind, she insisted the show had been the "best thing" she has ever done and added she has "no regrets".

From her home in East Boldon, South Tyneside, Lola, 20, said she had a "weird feeling" on Sunday her dream was about toe end.

She said: "What was so weird about it was that I had this weird feeling on the Sunday.

"I think when you know you know.

"It was gutting, I'm not gonna lie. I would have liked to get further in the competition but this year the standard of the singing is just amazing.

"I really could have done with those few extra weeks just to show what I can do.

"Now that I've found my confidence I thought I could go out there and be ready for it and look like I'm enjoying it."

Seemingly in high spirits, she told of her pride at controlling her nerves and keeping calm when she found she was in the bottom two.

She said: "If it was me a few weeks ago I would have panicked but I was just really calm.

"I was more proud of how I handled everything before I went out.

"I thought of it as having an extra performance that no one else gets."

And she had nothing but positive words to say about her fellow contestants and the show's judges, saying she had become close friends with Jake Quickenden, who was knocked out the week before Lola, and Ben Haenow - on Simon's team. She said: "We're such a close group in the house.

"Everyone just got on so well, there was a good atmosphere - you wouldn't think we were all in a competition together." And she said judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini had been "normal and so nice" and that she had told her "it wasn't meant to be".

She spoke of how her favourite part of the competition was the adrenaline rush after singing on line rush after singing on stage, but that her worst memory was her performance of When You Believe in Miracles on the filmthemed show two weeks ago.

She said: "I had a bit of a nightmare. Singing that much took its toll on my voice.

"The day before Simon and Louis from One Direction came in and watched my sound-check.

"They all stood up and clapped and on the day my voice went so I panicked so much. "That's why I looked really uncomfortable and I was really gutted about that."

She came home on Monday with parents Wes and Tina and is now look-look ing forward to catching up with her favourite TV programmes, including Made in Chelsea and Downton Abbey, as well as eating her favourite meal cooked by her mum - a carbonara. …

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