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Michael Taylor 10th Dec 2009 - 16:01

Stacey the mom has got it going on

She turned up to her X Factor audition sporting a pair of hot pants and a vacant expression but, within minutes, geeky Stacey Solomon had the entire Excel Centre audience in London on their feet.

Stacey left the judges and watching audience with a lasting impression and, as Simon Cowell mouthed the words 'My God' when she belted out What a Wonderful World, we all realised a rough diamond had been uncovered.

It took just three minutes for the 19-year-old mother of one to catapult herself from laughing stock into a household name and since that day her popularity has simply grown and grown.

The girl that has had to continually fight against the odds had been given the break she so desperately needed and she hasn't looked back since.

Now, as she heads into Saturday's final as the outsider, Stacey knows she faces one last battle but one that bares at least a million rewards, and if anybody is up the task it's the girl who made surprises her speciality.

She might not have the voice of the brilliant Joe McElderry or the stage presence of Olly Murs, however she has more than made up for any deficiencies by conquering the likeability and personality war.

People say Stacey cannot win. They say her range pales in comparison with last year's winner Alexandra Burke, never mind Leona, but I ask you, do Joe or Olly have the potential to make it big all around the world?

I'll be honest, as an ardent Stacey follower I have been massively disappointed every time Dermot read out young Joe's name out on a Sunday night.

The South Shield-er epitomises everything you need to win talent shows in the UK and everybody is more than aware of this, including William Hill who have priced him at 2/5 to land the big record deal.

He's got a great voice and paired it with such modesty that even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn't help but like Cheryl Cole's sole remaining chance.

Saying all this I still don't think he has what it takes to be an enduring record seller, and I even think parallels can be drawn with the last 'nice-guy' reality star Gareth Gates when it comes to this week's voting.

Right back before The X Factor days, Gates was pipped to the Pop Idol crown by late runner Will Young - a man who was nearly as unfancied to win as Stacey is here.

McElderry is definitely the one to beat, but, with a couple of similarly sensational performances as last week's Somewhere, Solomon really could pull off one final shock.

As for Olly, I can't wait to see the back of the bad dancing, average voiced Essex boy.

With bad reports in the press, some cringe worthy dance routines and, most importantly for me, being the man responsible for seeing John and Edward out of the competition paints Olly as one of my most disliked contestants of recent times.

The girls might love him; I definitely don't, but luckily, thanks to his appearance in the bottom two a couple of weeks ago, you have to fancy he's only there to make up the numbers - I hope so anyway.

Let me get back to where I started though.

Stacey has the talent and personality to win and maybe just because I love a tear-jerking story (I still have a tear in my eye when I see Susan Boyle perform!), I feel the single mum could and should have her name on top of the Christmas pop charts.

The best part for me is that, at 9/2, she represents by far the best value of any of the three remaining finalists.

 


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