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A MU­SIC teacher at King Solomon High School has spo­ken of the “big im­pres­sion” made on her by X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist, Stacey Solomon, who this week moved into Gold­ers Green.

Rachel Dick­son, who taught Stacey dur­ing her mu­sic GCSE three years ago, said she was de­lighted to see Stacey sing one of her exam per­for­mance pieces — Some­where Over the Rain­bow — in last week’s pro­gramme.

“My first im­pres­sion of Stacey Solomon was of a chatty, lively girl with a pow­er­ful voice and a huge per­son­al­ity,” she said.

“She def­i­nitely made the mu­sic classes in­ter­est­ing. As soon as she be­gan to sing it was clear to me that she had a nat­u­ral tal­ent that I was keen to see her de­velop — it’s fair to say she made a big im­pres­sion on me.

“Over the course of her GCSEs, she worked ex­tremely hard to hone her voice, know­ing that singing was some­thing she loved to do.

“She has grown so much in con­fi­dence and it is won­der­ful to see King Solomon so well rep­re­sented.”

Stacey, from Da­gen­ham, and the 17 other fi­nal­ists, have moved into a £6 mil­lion house in West Heath Av­enue, rented by the pro­gramme while they re­hearse for the weekly live shows.

The 20-year-old sin­gle mother, among the favourites to win, has been spot­ted strolling through Gold­ers Green with some other con­tes­tants.

Lo­cal res­i­dents have taken warmly to their ar­rival, along with hordes of fans and pa­parazzi.

Jewish neigh­bour Her­moine Ber­ton, 80, said: “I haven’t been watch­ing it but this week there have been loads of peo­ple out­side the house.

“It’s a new house that has never been lived in. It’s quite mag­nif­i­cent with five dif­fer­ent sec­tions. I might start watch­ing the show now.”

Con­tes­tant Jamie Archer stopped for pic­tures with some Has­monean pupils on Mon­day. Eli Stone, 14, said: “He was su­per-nice and very friendly.”

house in Gold­ers Green, and singer Stacey Solomon

The X-Fac­tor

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