Stacey tipped for top after X-Factor hit

A TEENAGER is tipped for stardom after wowing judges on TV talent show The X-Factor. Nineteen-year-old single mum Stacey Solomon, of Western Avenue, Dagenham, impressed at the opening audition with her rousing rendition of Louis Armstrong s What a Wonde

A TEENAGER is tipped for stardom after wowing judges on TV talent show The X-Factor.

Nineteen-year-old single mum Stacey Solomon, of Western Avenue, Dagenham, impressed at the opening audition with her rousing rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World

After her performance on Saturday's show, Simon Cowell, notorious for his blunt criticisms, said: "I'm rarely surprised. But that performance took me by surprise. I think you are really, really good."

Fellow judge Dannii Minogue said: "It was a real surprise, so cute, your personality and voice. And you didn't falter."

All four of the celebrity panel voted Stacey through to the competition's Boot Camp stage.

She and around 100 fellow hopefuls will be put through their paces and whittled down to 24.

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These will battle it out at the weekly live stage shows, with one act voted off by the public each Saturday.

Shortly before taking to the stage, Stacey, who lives with her mum and 17-month-old son Zachary, told presenter Dermot O'Leary: "I want the judges to see me sing so I can be successful in something I really enjoy doing.''

She added: "If I was successful I could support my family in ways I could never imagine. It means everything to me."

Stacey is the second Dagenham teenager to make it to the Boot Camp in this year's contest.

As reported in the POST last month, 18-year-old Michael Hough, of Halbutt Street, beat off thousands of hopefuls to land a place in the next stage.

He will feature in a future show. X-Factor broadcasts on ITV on Saturdays from 7pm.

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