LAST week saw the end of the road for X-Factor hopefuls Girlband who left the show after receiving the least amount of public votes.
For the second week in a row, Henley-in-Arden's own Layla Manoocheri and her three band-mates faced the sing-off between the bottom two acts.
A deadlock between judges meant the eviction decision went to the public vote and they lost out to Spanish singer Ruth Lorenzo.
When Solihull News caught up with 22-year-old Layla yesterday (Thursday) she said the band had recovered from their Saturday night show.
"It was very emotional being in the bottom two, two weeks in a row," she said.
"I think it's hard for girl groups to do well in competitions like this as young girls watching tend to vote for the male performers."
But Layla, who used to work at Serene Order in Touchwood, said she was very grateful to her Solihull fans.
"It was fantastic knowing we had such great support from back home.
"We had so much fun! The girls and I always said we would be happy to get to the top 12 and we did it.
Some critics had slated the choice of songs by Girlband, but Layla defended their live performances. "We had a close relation-ship with our mentor Louis Walsh and it was a joint decision choosing songs to perform. "Last Saturday, we choose Michael Jackson's 'Heal the World' as the lyrics meant a lot to us."
The show has opened doors for the band and Layla said she was looking to pursue a career in TV presenting and modelling.
Following her TV appearance, it could be Layla's boyfriend Simon Webbe's turn in the spotlight. The ex-Blue singer is reportedly heading to the jungle for this year's I'm a celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Layla said: "It's not 100 per cent confirmed yet but I would support him if that's what he wanted to do."
Layla and the girls will be returning to the X Factor stage for a live performance of the Mariah Carey classic "Hero" for the Help for Heroes appeal.
The rendition by all 12 final acts will be released as a single next week. Also on Saturday night the girls will be heading to Birmingham for a performance at the Nightingale Club in the city centre.