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Published 30th Nov 2011

TFM Amelia Lily poster

The Love Middlesbrough campaign is calling on the people of the town and the Teesside area to back our very own singing star.

Amelia Lily Oliver from Nunthorpe will sing in the X Factor semi-finals on Saturday with the results aired on Sunday.

The programmes on ITV1 are set to be watched by more than 10 million and Amelia, 17, from Nunthorpe, is flying the flag for Middlesbrough and Teesside.

The Love Middlesbrough campaign, in partnership with TFM Radio, has backed Amelia throughout the competition.

But with her reaching the final stages the campaign is now intensifying in order to get everyone in her hometown voting.

And with an imminent homecoming visit by Amelia rumoured it is hoped businesses and residents will display posters supporting Amelia - so she will see the town is backing her 100%.

People can now pick up ‘Vote Amelia’ posters at Middlesbrough Tourist Information Centre on Albert Road or download their own at

What people are saying

Claire Wordsworth, Love Middlesbrough campaign co-ordinator, said: “Amelia has done absolutely brilliantly to get to the semi-finals.

“She is a great ambassador for Middlesbrough.

“She’s really talented, confident and popular in the town and is helping put Middlesbrough on the national and international map.

“Social media has been absolutely buzzing about Amelia and she has been trending internationally on Twitter.

“We are now appealing for everyone from Middlesbrough and the Teesside area to get behind her this weekend, to back Amelia by voting and help her get through to the final.

“We know the other contestants will be backed by their home areas so as a proud and passionate place we are going to back Amelia all the way.”

Claire added: “It would be amazing if Amelia and Kelly Rowland visited Middlesbrough so people really need to vote.

“To see Middlesbrough represented in a positive light on a national TV show watched by millions and millions will be a real boost for the town and the whole area.”

‘Vote Amelia’ banners and posters from TFM Radio will be cropping up around the town over this week.

Barry Oliver, Amelia’s dad, said: “I think it would be a boost for the whole area to get a Middlesbrough girl in the X Factor final.

“Everyone knows things are difficult at the moment with the financial situation.

“To have Amelia in the final would give everyone a boost and be the perfect Christmas present - so please vote Amelia!”

Amelia is competing against three other acts this weekend – Misha B, Little Mix and Marcus Collins – with one act being eliminated before the final on December 10 and 11 reportedly in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena.

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