As Jewish contestant Stacey Solomon sailed through to the second round of the live finals in Britain’s top TV show, fans have been flocking to the multi-million pound house where she and her fellow competitors are living.
Among those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the stars were Kerem pupils Max and Reuben Gordon. “We literally live around the corner,” mum Talya told the Jewish News. “Every single day we drive past and I just happened to stop on the way to school because the gate of the house was opening.”
Lo and behold, the stars emerged and were happy to pose for pics with Max, seven, and Reuben, five. “They were very accommodating and really sweet,” said Talya.
So how did the children find their brush with X Factor fame? “They were completely overwhelmed and a bit shell-shocked,” recalled Talya. “They went very quiet but got quite excited afterwards. They thought it was great fun and couldn’t wait to get to school to tell everyone.”
While she says the Gordon family’s supporting Stacey all the way, she admits they’re also impressed by Lucie and Joe. But having met the contestants, have Max and Reuben set their sights on the spotlight? “I don’t think so,” mused Talya. “I wouldn’t say their singing abilities have shone through just yet.”
Meanwhile, X Factor twins John and Edward may have got a battering in the press and been slated by Simon Cowell, but Woodside Park resident Janette Hechel is having none of it.
“They’re so friendly,” she said. “I saw them last week and when I saw them again this week they remembered me. I thought I hated them before but they’re really adorable. They’re the nicest boys.”Learn more »