WALTON HIGHWAY: A 'no' from X-Factor judge fails to dampen Laura's bid for stardom.

Story by TOM JACKSON LAURA Fox has vowed not to let a no from an X-Factor judge ruin her hopes of a career in singing and dancing - with the next stop being Britain s Got Talent. The 15-year-old from Walton Highway did not get through the first prelimin

Story by TOM JACKSON

LAURA Fox has vowed not to let a "no" from an X-Factor judge ruin her hopes of a career in singing and dancing - with the next stop being Britain's Got Talent.

The 15-year-old from Walton Highway did not get through the first preliminary round of auditions for this year's hit reality show with her rendition of the Celine Dion tearjerker, My Heart Will Go On.

Laura, a Year 10 student at Marshland High School in West Walton, said: "I loved it and would probably do it again one day, but I want to try Britain's Got Talent next year."


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Laura's dad Peter said: "She did not get nervous until about five minutes before she gave her audition and I am really pleased she did it."

Her mum Denise added: "It was a really good experience."

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Their day at the O2 Arena in London was nearly aborted though, with the Blackwall Tunnel - the main route to the arena - closed. But, on arriving at the Arena after following a taxi driver for 25 minutes, they stood in queues in pouring rain for three hours for Laura's chance.

Almost 11 hours later, Laura was given a "no" by a recording judge for the show.

Laura has been singing and dancing since she was two and was a member of the choir at West Walton Primary School and Elm Primary School. She has also played a part in the Marshland School choir and has taken part in the school's two X-Factor competitions.

She enjoys singing songs by artists such as Celine Dion, Dido and former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, but also likes rock music - particularly Evanescence and My Chemical Romance.

Laura's X-Factor day

03.41am: Leaving home, feeling like I want to go back to bed but excited.

07:10am: Discover the Blackwall Tunnel is closed. Dad was beginning to say: "I'm afraid we have got to go home, I cannot see any way of getting through." I was nearly in tears. We stopped at a garage and mum saw a taxi at the pumps and asked if he knew how to get us to the O2 Arena. He said: 'If you would like to follow me it will cost you £23.' He took us right to the car park. It took us about 25 minutes.

07.46am: In the queue - in pouring rain. Good job we had an umbrella.

10.38am: Finally inside the O2 Arena.

2.25pm: Television crews film the auditionees saying "I've got the X-Factor" and "London's got the X-Factor". They were now also getting people auditioned.

2.26pm: Things getting too much - fell asleep!

4.53pm: The O2 Arena starts to empty - but I am still waiting to be auditioned.

5.58pm: Leaving the O2 Arena after getting a No.

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