SINGING sensation Diana Vickers is set to leave her Accrington home for the bright lights of London.
The 17-year-old was booted off The X Factor in Saturday’s semi-final but has confirmed she will still pursue her dream of musical stardom.
And she laughed off reports that her supposed love interest from the show, Eoghan Quigg, 16, is moving to East Lancashire to be closer to her.
In an interview with our sister radio station, Century FM, Diana said: "Oh my God, I love this. It’s so funny. Why would he move up here? It’s just rubbish, absolute rubbish."
She did, however, confirm that she and her boyfriend, Manchester University student Chris Jones, 18, have cooled their relationship.
Diana said: "He’s five hours away and I’m really busy so we’ve had a chat and I’ll see him at Christmas."
The rumours of romance with Eoghan were strengthened when he dramatically rushed on stage during her final performance after she had been eliminated from the competition by public vote.
During a tearful embrace she whispered in his ear: "I love you Eoghan, so much."
But Diana, now living in a two-floor apartment in the Mayfair Hotel, London, told her radio interviewer : "We’ve grown really fond of each other throughout the competition and that’s it really. We’ve been each other’s rocks. He didn’t know what to do.
"He was gutted as we had said we’d be with each other until the end."
Asked about her quirky style, Diana said: "Well, it took me to the semi-finals. It’s not to everyone’s taste. Some people love me and some hate me."
The teen singer said she hoped The X Factor would help her follow her dreams, adding: "It’s opened so many doors. I am so excited."
The Westholme School pupil sang Avril Lavigne’s Boyfriend and Dido’s White Flag, both of which received rave reviews from the judges, although Simon Cowell said he was not a fan of White Flag and thought it was the wrong song for her.
When Diana was told by host Dermot O’Leary that she had been eliminated she remained calm.
Her mentor Cheryl Cole and Eoghan both burst into tears but Diana reassured them both she was okay, saying: "I’m fine, I’m fine."
Cheryl said: "I don’t think this is the last we have seen of Diana and I’m really proud of her."
Eoghan and the other two remaining acts, Alexandra Burke and JLS, will now be competing for a £1M recording contract on tomorrow night’s live final but Diana has refused to say who she hopes will win.
Her mum Ann said: "She is still in London at the moment but I am hoping she will get home for Christmas. That would be wonderful."
She also said the family, which includes Diana’s dad Eddie and her sister Charlotte, 21, are all very proud of what Diana has achieved.
Ann added: "She has done really well and I am so proud of her. I thought she did really well on Saturday night.
"We just have to wait and see what happens now. It’s the start of something for her. She had a fantastic time and met some brilliant people."