IT was a battle of the girl bands on the first live X Factor final as both Bad Lashes and Girlband - featuring Henley-in-Arden's Layla Manoocheri, - found themselves in the bottom two.
Both groups split the judges on Saturday night's show with each act receiving two votes. With the two bands tied, the power was put back in the hands of the TV audience who voted for Girlband, leaving Bad Lashes to become the first act to leave the show.
"We went through a nail-biting experience at the weekend" said Layla's anxious mum, Maria who was in the audience with Layla's dad and two of her brothers. "They went out there on Saturday night - they had a little bit of an argument which was shown on TV but they're only young and they are actually very good friends. I thought they were vocally perfect.
"We did make them laugh though. We said 'you've got no sob stories'. You start to feel 'is it a singing competition or a pantomime'? Layla is really pleased that the Solihull News is behind them and I would say please vote - phone votes do count. It would be an absolute travesty if they were voted out."
Layla aged 22, is no stranger to the pop world having entered the first series of Pop Idol reaching the final 50, co written a song for Lisa Stansfield, recorded a rock album in Germany and supported boy band Blue on tour.
Girlband are again tipped to be in the bottom two this weekend and Maria is understandably rooting for her daughter and her band mates to escape the axe." There is no way in a million years that they deserve that again. I've been on BRMB this morning and hopefully Birmingham will get behind her."