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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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Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini's marriage ends

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini Credit: PA

The marriage of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini has come to an end after the pair obtained a decree nisi.

A decree nisi sets a date on which the marriage will end.

The 33-year-old former Girls Aloud singer secretly married the French restaurateur in July 2014, after three months of dating.

Neither of the pair were at the Central Family Court in London for the 14 second hearing.

Papers showed that the singer had complained of her husband's unreasonable behaviour which had caused her "stress and weight loss".

Sam sails through to third week of The X Factor

Sam Lavery, 17, from Coxhoe in County Durham made it through to the third week of The X Factor live shows. She was voted through by the public following her performance on Saturday night's show.


Coxhoe's Sam Lavery performs in live X Factor shows

Sam's mum and grandfather talk to ITV Tyne Tees Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Good luck to 17-year-old Samantha Lavery as she performs in the X Factor live shows tonight.

The teenager from Coxhoe in County Durham is being mentored by Simon Cowell in the girls category.

Her mum Tracey Lavery and grandfather Ernie Peachey joined our very own Helen Pearson and Ian Payne, and told them the "whole of Coxhoe" is behind Sam:

"Everywhere you go you see her name up in the banners and vote for Sam. People have taken to her because she's such a likeable girl."

– Ernie Peachey
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