TEENAGE singer Diana Vickers wowed judges on TV’s X Factor last weekend.
Diana, 16, from Accrington, auditioned for the hit show in Manchester earlier this year and after getting four "yeses’’ from judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Danni Minogue and Cheryl Cole, she is now on to the gruelling bootcamp stage of the competition.
Westholme pupil Diana was featured on last Saturday’s show singing Damien Rice’s The Blower’s Daughter.
Before her audition she told host Dermot O’Leary how much she loved singing.
She said: "It’s all I can do. I do it all the time.
"I want this more than anything, it’s my future. I want to be on stage and doing something I love."
Diana has appeared in several shows at school where she has starred as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Annie in Annie.
Although she has a strong theatrical background, Diana’s nerves were apparent when she entered the audition room.
Judge Cheryl Cole said: "You’re very nervous, aren’t you?"
As Diana concluded her soulful performance all four judges gave enthusiastic comments.
Simon Cowell said: "You’re one of my favourites today. I’m not saying it was perfect because it wasn’t. In terms of relevance, standing out in the crowd and not having to listen to stage school monsters singing Annie, I loved it."
Cheryl Cole said: "You’ve got something very unique and a very distinctive sounding voice. I actually believed your performance."
Dannii Minogue said: "I love the tone of your voice but you have got to put some diction in it so we can understand what you’re saying."
Louis Walsh said: "You’re like a little hippy. You have a very unusual voice. I love the song choice and I love the fact you’re different from everybody else. Your voice is very soulful."
Diana and her family are sworn to secrecy while she is on the show and could not comment.
But Westholme headteacher Lillian Croston said: "Diana is a wonderful pupil with outstanding talents.
"We are delighted with her success and very much hope she will go right through to the final.
"The whole of Westholme is behind her."
Diana is set to complete A- levels in classics, psychology and theatre studies.
Featuring on the X Factor’s website, Diana says: "I don’t really understand my voice yet. I’m not sure that people really get me.
"It’s a bit weird and a bit odd – and I don’t think people really expect my voice to come out of me."