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 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."
Sam made it through to next week but had to say goodbye to fellow contestant and friend Relley C.
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.
I genuinely can't believe I'm through to WEEK 4! Nothing is possible without you guys and I'm so overwhelmed by all the support. THANK YOU❤️
Sam Lavery, 17, from Coxhoe will compete in the third week of The X Factor competition this weekend, and it's Diva Week.Read the full story ›
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.
X-Factor hopeful Samantha Lavery's Grandfather has spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about how proud he is to see his granddaughter reach the live shows.
He said that although he used to sing in local bars and clubs, "he never had the chance like she does now".
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."
Samantha Lavery, 17, of Coxhoe in County Durham, features in The X Factor's official video for the final 12 contestants. The remaining acts have made a video to Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling.
It has been released ahead of this weekend's first live shows where she will compete to be crowned winner and bag a recording contract.
Coxhoe Council posted this photo of the rail station which now hosts a huge 'Vote Sam' poster. Shop windows are also featuring the campaign to support Sam Lavery, 17, through to The X Factor final.
Coxhoe singer Samantha Lavery, 17, is through to the live shows on The X Factor. Her mother, Tracey Lavery, told us just how proud she is.Read the full story ›