NW Kent College students Tamera Foster and Sam Bailey wow judges on X Factor live shows (From News Shopper)
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NW Kent College students Tamera Foster and Sam Bailey wow judges on X Factor live shows
GRAVESEND teenager Tamera Foster was described as an "out of the box popstar" as she wowed X Factor judges in her first live performance.
But News Shopper can reveal two of the final 12 contestants on the ITV show have been students at North West Kent College in Dartford.
Tamera, 16, is currently enrolled on a music course at the Oakfield Lane college, while fellow finalist Sam Bailey was once a drama student.
Thirty-five-year-old Sam, who left the judges with goosebumps following her performance of Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love, studied at the college in the 1990s.
Curriculum manager for music and media at the college Andy Pettitt said: "Tamera has only just begun her music performance diploma with the Miskin Theatre.
"It's all been a bit of a whirlwind for us but obviously we are really proud of her.
"Sam was here briefly too, on a Miskin Theatre Acting course when we were based at Miskin Road.
"It's great to see two people from our local community on a high profile show like X Factor.
"They are both extremely talented and we wish them the best of luck with the competition."
Tamera remains the bookies' favourite to win the talent show with William Hill offering odds of 5/2 and Ladbrokes 3/1 that she will triumph.
She was told she already "has the X Factor" by Take That singer Gary Barlow after belting out Rufus and Chaka Kahn’s Ain’t Nobody on Saturday night’s 80s-themed episode.
He told her: "We’re looking for someone that can sell millions of records all over the world.
"Someone that when you walk in the room you know is a popstar.
"It’s you right there. You have the X Factor."
Pussycat Doll and mentor Nicole Scherzinger added: "You have grown up so much in just a short amount of time.
"You are a force to be reckoned with.
"I was so proud of you up there, you proved it to yourself."
Sam Bailey, who grew up in the Bexley area and attended Cleeve Park School in Sidcup, is also tipped to go far in the show with odds of 11/2 being offered on her to win.
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