Gravesend girl Tamera Foster made bookies favourite for X Factor win

PUBLISHED: 13:04 30 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 30 September 2013

Tamera Foster. Pic from ITV/Tom Dymond

Tamera Foster. Pic from ITV/Tom Dymond

© Tom Dymond

Local girl Tamera Foster has been made the bookies favourite to win X Factor after making it through to the penultimate stage of the talent show.

The 16-year-old was selected as one of six girls to progress to the judges’ houses stage by Nicole Scherzinger on Saturday, and will now travel to Antigua to sing for her place in the live shows.

It was a bumpy start to boot camp for Tamera last week after she forgot the lyrics to Whitney Houston’s classic I Have Nothing. However, she came back to receive a standing ovation for her performance of Rihanna’s Stay.

After her performance, judge Nicole said: “This was your last chance. You got it together today.”

Fellow judge and Take That front man, Gary Barlow, added: “You could sell records all over the world.”

Ladbrokes cut the Gravesend singer’s odds of winning from 5/1 to 7/2 after she secured a place in the final six.

Last month Tamera publicly apologised after The Sun revealed she had hit a 15-year-old for refusing to kiss her shoe in Gravesend last year.

In her response, Tamera said: “I am really sorry for what happened. I lashed out when I shouldn’t have. It was a really stupid move.”

The Northfleet School for Girls student will be back on screens this weekend as she sings in the Caribbean island in front of Nicole and Mary J Blige.

Should she make it into the former Pussycat Doll’s final three, Tamera will be at the mercy of the public on the live shows - hoping to secure a record contract and that all important Christmas number one.

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