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Stacey Solomon from Dagenham, Essex on X Factor 2009

Stacey Solomon in the Sunday Mirror Aug 2009

Stacey Solomon in the Sunday Mirror Aug 2009

Well done Stacey Solomon from Dagenham, Essex

(fellow Essex girl!) for your brilliant performance of ‘It’s a Wonderful World’ in the X Factor auditions on Saturday!

I am so pleased for her. She was really good and I wish her all the luck to get to the finals! If Diversity can do it for Essex, then I am sure you can, Stacey!

I have no photos yet, but if you are Stacey, or know Stacey, then please get in touch as I will be covering her progress as an Essex girl all the way along – I need photos and would love to chat!

‘When Stacey Solomon introduced herself in her piercing Essex tones, you could have been forgiven for thinking it would be a ‘No’ from the X Factor judges’

This is a quote I have found written about Stacey Solomon who performed on Saturday’s X Factor Auditions, and to be honest, I was not really impressed, as that is the point of my website – to stop the stigma of the ‘Essex girl’. However, in some ways, it helps us to wow people when they have a pre-conceived idea of how we will be and then they realize that we are talented and have a brain!

Just like Susan Boyle, who impressed millions on ‘Britain’s got Talent’, Stacey Solomon, aged just 19 from Dagenham in Essex and a single mother, proved again to everyone that first impressions can be very wrong and this is great for the viewers, as they love surprises and a story with family values. Stacey has a 17 month old son, Zachary (Zak) and seems like a lovely girl.

She came on stage, in a t shirt, white trainers and denim hot pants, smiling her head off. She looked really cute. “Hiya” she said, beaming away. When Simon asked where she came from, she replied ‘Dagenham’ and Simon said “No” in a way that virtually said ‘you don’t say!’ and the camera panned her legs and body. How predictable but entertaining. He also asked if she was any good, and she said that she thinks so, but he might not. She stumbled on an answer as to whether her friends were there that night, and Simon rolled his eyes, but it all added to the entertainment and she kept smiling all the time and giggled.

Stacey was a favourite with the Judges, as she spoke very sweetly, appears to be very genuine and her performance of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ was faultless.

The audience cheered excitedly when she finished and Dannii Minogue was a little tearful. Danni said “It is so cute, your personality and voice and you didn’t falter anywhere in it”

Simon Cowell told her: ‘Stacey, I am rarely surprised but that took me by surprise. You are really, really good.’

Cheryl Cole had to say: ‘I had a preconceived idea of what you might sound like. I didn’t expect you to be that good.’ Louie said about the same, and I was upset about that, as I guess she was referring to the ‘Essex girl’ thing again, and who is she to talk?

Stacey Solomon is being tipped to progress to the final stages of the competition.

When being interviewed outside her families house in Dagenham shortly after the show aired, she said she was ‘returning to normality’ following her audition. When probed for information she said ‘I’m sorry, I’ve been told I can’t say anything by the top people. I’m sorry, I don’t want to get in trouble.’

Stacey has also been part of various press interviews and photos. The Sunday Mirror was one of them, who she told about her aim to win X Factor 2009 “It would mean everything. I’d be able to get Zachary into a good School and get him everything he needed. Single Motherhood is tough, but I am determined to be the one that provides for my son.”

Stacey is really busy, as she studies Music/Theatre, works in her local pub in the evenings, and looks after her son. She says that Zachary keeps her level headed.

Watch her X Factor Auditions Performance from Saturday night on U-Tube by clicking HERE

Get the update on her X Factor journey by CLICKING HERE

See my Olly Murs/Stacey Solomon support page for the final 12 HERE

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