X FACTOR songbird Diana Vickers was saved from the public vote on Saturday.
The 17-year-old student from Accrington was given an automatic pass into the next round of the X Factor competition after doctors told her not to strain her voice after being diagnosed with severe laryngitis.
Ear, nose and throat specialists told Diana that if she sang it could cause permanent damage.
Hoping she could still perform up until the last moment, Diana said: "The doctor said I have a severe case of laryngitis and severe inflammation of the vocal chords.
"It's so upsetting to know that I might not be able to sing and there's nothing to do to help myself. This is what I have always wanted to do. I just want to sing so much."
Mentor Cheryl Cole said on Diana's behalf: "She wants to say a big, big 'thank you' to the other finalists for being so understanding."