More TV talent show heartache for Thamesmead mother

PUBLISHED: 15:50 06 October 2010

Annastasia Baker

Annastasia Baker


An X Factor contestant who vowed to build a performing arts school in her home town if she won the contest, has been knocked out of the competition.

Annastasia Baker, 21, from Thamesmead, managed to get through to the judges’ houses stage of the hit TV show, but failed to make the grade when Cheryl Cole, who had been given the Girls category, left her out of the top three on Sunday. It is the second time the talented singer has been rejected at this stage of the competition. In 2008 she made it through to the same stage, which is the final one before being selected for the live shows, yet was turned away by Cheryl.

In an interview with the Times last month, the singer claimed that she had learnt a lot in the two years after her initial appearance on the show and claimed that postnatal depression had ruined her previous bid.

Before she gave her final performance, the single mother said: “I can’t believe I’ve got this far again. Today’s the day that I really need to nail it because I messed up two years ago. Now I’m stronger and better.”

She added: “It could have been any one of the other three judges but it was Cheryl again and I thought I can come back after two years and show you I’m here now and I’m ready. I do believe I have a strong chance of making it this time.”

Cheryl Cole has taken three acts through to the live stage of the competition, where one contestant will be booted out each week before the final.

Ms Baker performed How Could An Angel Break My Heart by Toni Braxton after which Cheryl Cole said that she was “so much better than last time”.

Cheryl said: “Isn’t it crazy to be here again? I have to say watching you from two years ago, it’s like chalk and cheese.

“You’ve changed your image, your vocals are beautiful and I really admire you a lot and I do think you’ve improved an incredible amount.”

But despite her praise, Cheryl said she had decided not to take her though.

Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson were the three singers put through to the live finals which start this Saturday.

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