Collier Row girl Amy Mottram impresses X Factor judges

12:07 10 September 2012

Collier Row teenager Amy Mottram impresses judges on ITV

Collier Row teenager Amy Mottram impresses judges on ITV's X Factor over the weekend

Photographs & copy; Copyright Ken McKay 2011

A 16-year-old Collier Row girl impressed X Factor judges with her singing over the weekend.

Amy Mottram sang a cover of Adele’s One and Only for the ITV show and received a standing ovation from guest judge Leona Lewis and regular judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos.

Amy, armed with her 40-strong team of friends and family, went to the 02 arena in March for the audition which was aired yesterday. She said it was difficult keeping it quiet since then, but said sitting her GCSEs at Bower Park School helped to distract her.

She said: “I was really nervous, but once I got on stage I went into my own world. I had the most amazing time being on stage, and the feedback from the judges was madness.

“I can’t believe that I got good comments from my idols, especially Gary Barlow, who is a singing legend and Leona Lewis who has been in this position before. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“Everyone was standing up and clapping for me, which was quite overwhelming because I had never done anything like that before.”

Amy said she has taken part in karaoke and open mic competitions in Havering but has never had any formal vocal training. She was a keen performer during her drama classes though at Bower Park School before she left this summer.

Her drama teacher Eddie Aylett said: “She was a pleasure to teach and has been a role model for younger pupils leading our GLEE Club

“Amy was also the lead in the Young American show singing Lion King, for two years on the trot and was selected to sing at the London Palladium with other students from Bower Park School to open the Olympics in March.”

Amy has a place at Ardleigh Green College to study music, but has put the place on hold until she sees how far she can get in the competition.

She added: “I just want to be able to perform, write my own music and share it with everyone. That’s the ultimate dream.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, September 4, 2015
Richard Powell was seriously injured in a fight at London Victoria station and died a few days later (Picture: BTP)

A 39-year-old man has died after sustaining serious head wounds in a vicious fight inside London Victoria station.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Insulting comments sent to prospective deputy Labour party leader Stella Creasy included 'you look like an alien egg' (Picture: YouTube)

‘She looks like she’s had more c**ks than hot dinners’ is just one of the charming emails Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has received during her campaign to become deputy Labour leader. Watch her read them out to camera here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Police want to speak to this man (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives want to speak to this man after a woman was sexually assaulted as she waited for a bus on Wick Lane - at 1.30pm.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized. Picture: AP Photo/DHA/PA Images

A tweet from the account of Wimbledon UKIP candidate Peter Bucklitsch caused outrage today by stating Aylan Kurdi ‘died because his parents were greedy for the good life in Europe’.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Natalia Czekaj was stabbed seven times

A plumber who sawed off his girlfriend’s head with a breadknife in north London has managed to escape a murder trial - because he is an alcoholic.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more