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Bonnie Tyler's best friend sends luck to Sam Lavery

North East X Factor hopeful Sam Lavery, 17, will perform Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart this weekend on the ITV show.

Bonnie's best friend, North East entertainer Lorraine Crosby, has wished Sam the best of luck, admitting, it's a big song!

Bonnie Tyler with Lorraine Crosby Credit: Jason Warnes

"Hope she nails the song good luck" "Jim Steinman's epic track Total Eclipse is one of the biggest power ballads of all time"

– Lorraine Crosby

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Revealed: Sam Lavery's Fright Night song choice

The County Durham singer will be performing Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. The X Factor contestants will sing 'Fright Night' themed tracks with choreography.

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Sam Lavery promises 'biggest performance so far"

North East X Factor contender Sam Lavery, 17, of County Durham has promised her fans a massive performance on the show this weekend. The theme for the ITV programme on Saturday is Fright Night and Sam has been working on her singing as well as choreography - something she says is new to her.

Sam's mother, Tracey Lavery, told ITV News Tyne Tees her daughter is ready for the challenge and really hoping she makes it through another week.

Ahead of theFright Night performances, The X Factor Acts attended a Halloween party with last year's winner Louisa Johnson. Sam said seeing Louisa perform was an inspiration.

Louisa Johnson and Sam Lavery Credit: @SamLavery_

"I've asked Sam how she's feeling this morning, going towards the Fright Night show. She's really excited as she absolutely loves Halloween and she said it's going to be her biggest performance so far and she can't wait to show a different side to her."

– Tracey Lavery

'No truth' in Sam Lavery romance rumours

The mother of X Factor hopeful Sam Lavery has responded to speculation the singer is dating a fellow contestant.

Some newspapers have reported a relationship between the County Durham singer and Five After Midnight's Nathan Lewis. Tracey Lavery insists the pair are just friends.

"Sam is only focusing on one thing and that's rehearsals and performances. Sam is friends with everyone so there is no truth whatsoever about any romances. She is loving every minute of her X Factor journey and is focused on her true passion - music."

– Tracey Lavery

Jorvik centre to reopen in April

The Jorkvik Centre is to reopen in April next year.

The date for reopening is Saturday 8th April.

There has been a multi-million pound re-imaging of the centre following severe damage caused by flooding in almost one year ago in December 2015.

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Sam Lavery's mum: "I had goosebumps!"

Tracey Lavery is back from London after watching her daughter Sam cruise through to week four on The X Factor. She told ITV News Tyne Tees that a standing ovation from Simon Cowell is a dream come true for the 17-year-old singer from County Durham.

"I was immensely proud watching my little girl perform one of Michael Jackson's biggest songs live on stage in London. I had goosebumps. The atmosphere is electric when it's live. I left Sam last night feeling elated. She loved doing that performance and to get Simon Cowell on his feet for her was her biggest dream come true. She said the support from home is so inspirational, she wants to do this so much, and thanks everyone from the bottom of her heart."

– Tracey Lavery

Sam made it through to next week but had to say goodbye to fellow contestant and friend Relley C.

Sam Lavery: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart"

Sam Lavery, 17, sailed through to week four of The X Factor competition on ITV. The singer, from County Durham, belted out a rock arrangement of Michael Jackson's The Earth Song for Diva Week. She made it through to Fright Night next weekend based on the public vote.

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