WATCH: Coxhoe’s Sam Lavery takes on James Arthur in week one of The X Factor


She’s the local girl with the big voice, a voice which has taken her all the way to the live finals of the biggest singing competition in the country. And tonight, Sam Lavery, from County Durham, sailed through to the next round with her rendition of a former winner’s single.

The 17-year-old performed Impossible, which was originally released by US singer Shontelle, but was a number one hit for James Arthur, who won the show in 2012.

Her performance was praised by all of the jobs, with her mentor Simon telling the audience that she had huge potential as an artist.

Brattavio were booted off the show, after landing in the sing-off against Finnish diva Saara Alto. They’re version of The Only Way Is Up by Yazz wasn’t enough to beat Alto’s belting take on Sia’s Alive. Next week will see the 10 remaining acts tackle the songs of Motown.

Watch Sam’s performance below:

The X Factor returns next Saturday at 8pm on ITV1.

Photo: ITV X Factor


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