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X Factor's new star from Kent?

Tamera Foster
Tamera Foster, originally from the group Silver Rock, during the auditions for the ITV1 talent show Credit: Tim Dymond/ITV/PA Wore

The 16-year-old singer from Gravesend, Kent, made her first appearance on last night's show as part of a duo, called Silver Rock, with 22-year-old Jerrie Dila but the judges decided to split them up and make them both perform solo in front of thousands of fans at Wembley Arena.

The teenager, who admitted she was "so, so, so nervous", dashed off stage to her family after forgetting the words to her version of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing and needed a reminder from show host Dermot O'Leary before going back on and wowing the crowd.

Judge Gary Barlow told her she had "potential beyond belief", while Louis Walsh said she could be better than Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke - two of the show's previous stars.

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Simon has the X Factor

Sussex resident, Simon Cowell, makes his X Factor plans clear Credit: PA Wire

The star quit the panel to work on his US version of the show and has not been a judge for the past two years but in an interview with Hello! magazine he promised he would be coming back.

Cowell, who will be back on screens next month with the return of Britain's Got Talent, said: "I'm definitely getting more involved and will have a role in the next series.

"I'm not going to lie - I do miss doing it, because it's like my baby.

"It's been difficult the last two years not being on the show as I always had a great time and the last time that I did do it, it was such a brilliant year. So at some point of course I'm going to come back and do the show."

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Jahmene Douglas in X Factor Final Two

Jahmene Douglas switched on the Christmas lights in Swindon last week Credit: ITV News

Swindon's Jahmene Douglas will go head to head with James Arthur in tonight's final of the X Factor after Christopher Maloney was voted out of the competition.

Prior to the contest he patrolled the aisles of Asda in Swindon, marking down products as they neared their best-before limit, but viewers clearly don't think he's reached his sell-by date.

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