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Fishmonger seeks X Factor stardom

Sole singer Lola Saunders auditions for tonight's X Factor in the hope she will be able to quit her job as a fishmonger and sing full-time.

The 20-year-old from Newcastle, who performs a version of Make You Feel My Love, says her job is "not glamorous at all".

She said: "A ny other job you can slap on a bit of make-up and look pretty and not smell of fish at the end of the day."

Viewers will also see US airman Charlie Martinez who had to take his audition request to the highest level in a bid to get his singing career to take off.

The 19-year-old from Orlando, Florida, is based in the UK and needed special permission to perform his version of Hero by Enrique Iglesias for the judges on the ITV1 show.

He told the panel: "It did go all the way to the Pentagon. I actually had to get special permission from my squadron commander, I had to sing for her."

There are more tears on tonight's show when Cheryl Fernandez-Versini gets emotional during an audition by 24-year-old youth worker Monica Michael.

The Londoner, who sings an original song Pretty Little Sister, dedicates her performance to her sister Natalie.

She tells the judges: "S he witnessed me going off the rails and if she did do the things I did, the rebellion stage I went through, it would break my heart."

Her performance strikes a chord with Cheryl who tells her: "You're just real from the core and it really touched me because my sister writes me poems and she has done since I was little, so I completely related to that song."

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