Norwich girls to star on the X Factor

Two Thorpe St Andrew girls will be watched by an X Factor audience of millions this weekend.

India Royall and her school-friend Kate Utting, both 16, will be beamed on televisions around the country as the commercial breaks kick in during X Factor tonight and tomorrow when they perform their own web video rendition of the Scouting for Girls song She's So Lovely.

The Thorpe St Andrew High School students, both big fans of the cult show, decided to film the song and dance on their webcam during a snowy weekend as part of the advert for communications firm Talk Talk, who sponsor the show.

India, who lives in Lucas Court, said: 'It was on a Sunday that we were really bored. We decided to do this thing on Talk Talk, but obviously we can't sing. I like doing things like that and we got really into it.'

Talk Talk have created a web programme called the Bright Star Studio which allows members of the public to sing along to their favourite track creating a video. The programme creates individual backgrounds and reacts to the singers' tone and speed, creating a personal music backdrop.


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For the final week of the talent show, budding popstars who had uploaded their own tracks to the Bright Star Studio promoted their videos through social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to attract public votes.

India and Kate were in the top 12 highest results and will be screened during the live final of The X Factor this weekend, expected to attract around 15 million viewers.

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Kate said: 'I do not know how we got so many votes really. We have a lot of friends and our family have voted for us as well. Everybody said it was really good. We watched other videos on X Factor and they just looked like they were having lots of fun.'

India said: 'We chose some dancing and singing. We danced away and then kept making it up because we didn't know how to sing.

'I love watching the show. Me and my mum just laze about, especially when there is nothing else to do.'

India said: 'We have been watching it for about three years. Me and my mum have been to the X Factor finalists show at the O2. I am hoping to go this year too.

'I really enjoy it. I really liked Katie until she got knocked out. I love Simon. I love the presenters.'

She added that she had been so inspired by the show that she wants to become a music journalist.

Are you appearing on prime time television? Contact Evening News reporter Annabelle Dickson on annabelle.dickson@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772426.

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