Gypsy girl eyes Cher Lloyd X Factor success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 March 2011
Cher Lloyd

X Factor star Cher Lloyd

Traveller girl Olivia Ayres has vowed to be as big as fellow gypsy Cher Lloyd when she auditions for this year's 'X Factor'

A traveller girl has vowed to be as big as Cher Lloyd when she auditions for this year's 'X Factor'.

Olivia Ayres - who has been tipped for stardom after winning a gypsy singing contest called 'Big Night' last year at the age of 14 - is determined to win the ITV1 talent show and is going to ask last year's star and fellow traveller Cher Lloyd to help her.

The 15-year-old wannabe said: "Cher is amazing and a real inspiration to us gypsy girls. She is strong and confident and determined to make something of her life. She got a lot of abuse and was called a pikey for her heritage but she stood up to all the bullying and, if anything, was all the better for it.

"She went to Los Angeles to record with and did so much amazing stuff. She shows we're not all stuck in caravans with nothing else to do."

Like Cher, Olivia grew up on a caravan site and although her family are now permanently based on a plot of land in the Midlands, they spend six months of the year travelling the UK.

Olivia's family are convinced she has what it takes to become a star, and will impress all the judges when she auditions.

Her mum Lisa told the Daily Star newspaper: "She's a bright girl, confident and mature. People think that she's got so much talent. She's proud of her gypsy roots. She won't let that get in the way. We are certain she'll blow Simon Cowell away."

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