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Lauren Nicole Platt (born 7 October 1997) is an English singer, presenter and beauty vlogger who finished fourth in the eleventh series of The X Factor. From 2016 to 2018, she presented the CBBC children's talent show Got What It Takes?.
Platt was born on 7 October 1997 in Billericay, Essex, but spent ten years living in Spain. In 2010, she auditioned for the role of Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, but lost out to Brittany Papple. In 2011, she was the runner-up of the local talent contest The Essex Factor and in 2012, competed in Open Mic UK. Platt attended The Billericay School, a comprehensive school in Billericay, where she sat her GCSEs.
Platt auditioned for The X Factor in 2014, and became the youngest solo contestant to reach the live finals. With the eliminations of Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine in week two and Lola Saunders in week four, Platt was Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's last remaining act in the competition. In the quarter-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Stereo Kicks but was saved after the result went to deadlock with Louis Walsh, Mel B voting to send Stereo Kicks through to the semi-final while Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell voting to send Platt through to the semi-final. However, in the semi-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Andrea Faustini and was eliminated with only her mentor, Fernandez-Versini voting to send Platt through to the final, finishing in fourth place. After the series finished, voting statistics revealed that Platt had received more votes than Faustini. This meant that if there wasn't a final showdown or if Walsh and/or Cowell voted to send Platt through to the final or if the result went to deadlock, Platt would've been sent through to the final and Faustini would've been eliminated.
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