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INTERVIEW: Tamera Foster 'gutted' over X Factor exit, but says she's 'proud'

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:30 02 December 2013

Tamera Foster will join next week's X Factor semi-finalists on the arena tour beginning in February.

Tamera Foster will join next week's X Factor semi-finalists on the arena tour beginning in February.

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The X Factor journey came to an abrupt halt for Tamera Foster on Sunday night, but the Gravesend girl says she left on a "high".

Abi Alton, Hannah Barrett and Tamera Foster arriving for the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World last month.Abi Alton, Hannah Barrett and Tamera Foster arriving for the World Premiere of Thor: Dark World last month.

After flawless performances of Rihanna’s We Found Love and Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face during Jukebox week on Saturday night, the 16-year-old found herself in the bottom two.

Heading into a sing-off with Luke Friend, the judges took their final vote to deadlock and relied on the public vote - which saw Tamera exit the ITV talent show.

Speaking the morning after, she said: “I’m obviously pretty gutted to have left, I will miss it.

“But there’s only two weeks left, so I’m proud of myself and proud to have gone out with such a strong performance.”

The former Northfleet School for Girls pupil says she made some friends for life in the X Factor house, and is now backing boy-band Rough Copy to win the show.

She added: “I miss Hannah and Abi the most, we bonded so much. We were quite close from bootcamp and it’s been really hard with them being away. But I really want Rough Copy to win it now.”

Tamera’s life has been turned upside down by her X Factor experience, swapping Gravesend for the glitz and glamour of film premiers, Christmas light switch-ons and Saturday night prime-time.

Gary Barlow described her potential as “stratospheric”, and she is hoping to take a “good career” away from the show - but only after a well earned break.

“I hope I can go on now and make this my life,” she said. “It’s been pretty hectic, and I’m definitely looking forward to going out on New Year’s Eve and I’m hoping to take my friends to Paris too.”

Following her Sunday night performance of Christina Aguilera’s The Voice Within, Gary Barlow said: “In the future you will be one of the biggest stars.

Her mentor, Nicole Scherzinger added: “Gary said it. Five years into the future she will be the most successful star to come out of this show.”

But for now, it’s back to reality and back home to Gravesend for Tamera.

“It’s going to be different going back to Gravesend now. I’m really looking to it, I’ve missed my home town,” she said.

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