ST HELENS’ newest up and coming star Kiera Weathers was filled with emotion after making it through to the X Factor live shows.
This weekend’s gripping Judge’s Houses show saw Rita Ora choose the 18-year-old to go with her to the final stages of the popular TV contest.
Viewers watched in anticipation as the Body On Me hitmaker put through bookies’ favourite Louisa Johnson, 17, and dental receptionist Lauren Murray before being left with one pick, which she gave to Kiera.
Speaking to the ITV2 show afterwards, the Clock Face Labour club barmaid said: “It was horrible - I thought my legs would go from underneath me, I was so nervous.
“There was such anxiety and fear - you’re thinking this could be the end of your journey. All us girls have become so close and you’re thinking I could not see five of these again for a long time or I won’t see three of them for a long time.
“I can’t believe I’m through to the live shows but I feel really sad for the other girls.”
I can’t believe I’m through to the live shows but I feel really sad for the other girlsKiera Weathers
In a recent interview, Kiera revealed the pain of her past and the excitement as to what the popular show holds in store.
She told Closer Magazine that the girls are all supporting each other.
Kiera said: “We’re competitive but we all have each other’s backs. We have our own Whatsapp group and speak to each other every day.”
Just weeks ago, viewers of the ITV show saw Kiera relive the pain of her mother’s death, who died of alcoholism two years ago.
Dedicating her performance of Whitney Houston’s classic ‘I will always love you’ to her mum, she explained how her death hasn’t defined who Kiera is as a person.
She said: “She was fine one day and gone the next. She was my best friend - we never left each other’s sides.
“I’m not the first person to lose a parent and I won’t be the last. Losing her has made me appreciate each day but it’s not the be all and end all of Kiera Weathers.”
After her mum’s death Kiera was raised by her loving grandparents. And it was actually her grandad, Daz, who entered her into the show.
Kiera continued: “Without him I wouldn’t be here today.”
But despite her heartache, Kiera says she wouldn’t be where she was if it wasn’t for her boyfriend and “biggest fan”, Jamie.
She added: “Jamie and I have been together a year - he’s great. He’s 24 and works as a roofer. He’s my biggest fan - at every gig and show. He protects me and encourages me to think things through as I can be a bit rash!”