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X girls have got what it takes, says proud mum

THE pressure is on for X Factor finalist Layla Manoochehri and her band who have made it to the live stages of the competition.

THE pressure is on for X Factor finalist Layla Manoochehri and her band who have made it to the live stages of the competition.

Boot camp ended last week leaving the hopeful contestants whittled down to the final 12.

Former Henley-in-Arden resident Layla and her three bandmates in Girlband, were selected by group mentor Louis Walsh, who also chose indie girl band Bad Lashes and London soul singers JLS.

Layla, aged 22, and the others will face a live studio audience and be watched by millions when the competition begins in earnest on Saturday.

Back in Henley proud mum Maria and the rest of the family are preparing themselves for an emotional rollercoaster.

"We got back from a holiday in Spain and started hearing some negative comments about the group," she said. "One story said they were the weakest of the groups and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles called them bland.

"I know they have what it takes to get to the top five at least so we will need to adapt to any bad comments they receive."

This week the finalists received makeovers ahead of the live shows, with Layla unveiling a new red hair colour.

Maria said: "They're completely ready now, they've got their song ready, their outfits are great and Layla loves her new hairdo and style."

The first of the live shows start at 9.15pm tomorrow (Saturday) on ITV1 and Maria is hoping for some home support for Girlband.

 

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