Amy Mottram returned to her Romford school today as part of her X Factor campaign

Singer Amy Mottram visited her old school in Romford today and surprised pupils with a performance as part of her X Factor campaign.

The 16-year-old from Collier Row returned to Bower Park School and treated 400 pupils and staff to three songs before saying she was proud to have her old school supporting her.

After failing to get through to the live shows Amy was chosen as one of four wildcards, who must get enough public votes this week to stay in the show. The results will be announced during Saturday’s show, and only one act will continue in the competition.

Amy arrived at the school, in Havering Road, with the X Factor team at 11.30am and went straight on stage to sing; One and Only; If I Haven’t Got You; and Read All About It.

She said afterwards: “It means so much to see all this support here, because this is where I’m from; it’s amazing being back here.

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“The school has helped me through so much and supported me, especially my headteacher.”

She said about getting another chance to be on the live shows, “I want it so much now, I have got this far, I don’t want to go home. And I have learnt so much. This is my dream.

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“When I got told I was a wildcard it was the best news I have ever had because it meant I got a second chance, and I want to work harder now to make that happen.

“If I do get through it will mean so much because it shows that people do believe in me and feel I have the potential to go far. It is my second chance to make my dream happen.”

And she added about being dubbed the Essex Adele. “Oh my God. I couldn’t ask for more. She’s my idol. To be compared to her is amazing, because that is the sort of music I want to make.”

She added: “If I get through I promise I will work 110 per cent and make everyone proud because I am so dedicated to this.

“I will come in week after week and bring some soulfulness back to the X Factor.”

Headteacher Mary Morrison said: “I have never been as proud as I am today. Her performance was amazing, and some of the teachers got emotional watching her.

“With Amy what you see is what you get. Not only does she have an awesome voice, she has an awesome personality too, and she deserves this.”To vote for Amy you can call 09020 50 51 18 from a landline, or 650 5118 from a mobile.

Also fighting for a place in the final is Collier Row singer Luke White from band Times Red. To keep him in the competition call 09020 50 51 20, or 650 5120.

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