Lauren Platt at Billericay School

Article by Michelle Norris: X Factor star Lauren Platt took time out of rehearsals this morning to visit classmates at her former school in Billericay and gave an exclusive performance to students.

The 17-year-old singer from Ramsden Heath arrived at the Billericay School at around 11am on Thursday (27 November) to meet and sign autographs for students and fans, before speaking at the Year 8 Assembly and performing live on stage.

Despite rumours that her mentor from the show, Cheryl Fernandez Versini, would be joining her, the X Factor star arrived with her parents Brad and Sasha Platt as well as a film crew from ITV to shoot scenes for the X Factor.

Having joined The Billericay School last year and completed her GCSEs in the summer, the school was thrilled to welcome the 17-year-old back for the day.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Billericay School psokesperson"]Lauren is exceptionally talented. She has always been an ambassador for the school performing to our local primary school students and in many school events. We are all so proud of her. She has always been a very charismatic performer with natural stage presence coupled with a theatrical maturity that is way beyond her years. She is talented in both Music and Drama. Her final GCSE Drama performance piece was very moving and she was praised by the examiner. She has always dreamed of a career in the music industry and it is wonderful she is now achieving great success on the X Factor. We were able to release her earlier in the year to participate in her auditions and since then the whole school have been rooting for her. She deserves to be successful, she is hardworking committed and professional in everything she does and we wish her every success. She is a real credit to the school.[/quote]

Following a public vote, this weekend Lauren Platt will be singing Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child on the juke box themed show plus a mystery track. The X Factor continues this Saturday at 8pm.

Article and image by Michelle Norris, The Enquirer.

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