SONGBIRD Diana Vickers could perform a special "homecoming’’ concert if she makes it through to the final of the X Factor competition.
The 17-year-old, who lives in Accrington with mum Ann and sister Charlotte, could perform in Blackburn town centre on Monday if she wins through to the final three tomorrow.
The Westholme pupil, who was educated and spent part of her childhood in Blackburn, where her dad lives, is now looking forward to singing her own choice of song in the semi-final.
Speaking to the Observer, Diana’s mum Ann said: "We are so proud of her. Hopefully she will get through to the final but she needs to hold her nerve. Whatever happens, she has done so well.
"She is very nervous, especially coming up to the final. I just hope she will be able to enjoy it."
When asked how the limelight has affected the family, Ann said: "I’m her mum and just ask her all the normal things like: Are you doing your washing? How are you feeling? What are you eating? And are you sleeping all right?
"I work during the week and travel to London at the weekend to spend time with her. As soon we get back in Accrington, we’re planning the next trip and booking the hotel."
An emotional Diana was delighted to make it through on Saturday, once again performing barefoot and singing Britney Spears’ Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman and REM’s Everybody Hurts.
Spanish singer Ruth was the latest to be given the boot from the show, leaving JLS, Eoghan Quigg, Diana and current favourite Alexandra Burke to battle it out.
However, for the first time the starlet received some stinging comments from the judges – especially Louis Walsh who said the other female artistes had the edge on Diana.
Ann added: "It did knock her confidence at the time but she has got to carry on, do her best and learn to take criticism on board."
However, Diana is hoping to win them over when she sings her own choice of song tomorrow.
When asked what she thought her daughter’s chances were, Ann said: "It is a competition and they are all very good. It could be anyone.
"She’s met some brilliant people and it has been a wonderful experience for her. People forget that she’s only 17.
"She has been overwhelmed by the support she has received, especially from people in both Accrington and Blackburn. I would just like to thank everyone who has supported her and hope they vote for her again on Saturday."