Sam Lavery
Sam Lavery
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 3 September 1999
'Age 18
Hometown Coxhoe, Durham, England
Occupation Student


Category Girls
Mentor Simon Cowell
Placement 7/12

Samantha Jayne "Sam" Lavery (born 3 September 1999) is an English singer from Durham who competed in Series 13 of The X Factor as part of the Girls category mentored by Simon Cowell. She was originally eliminated at the Six Chair Challenge but chosen by Louis Walsh as a wildcard. She was eliminated in Week 6, finishing in 7th place.


Born on 3 September 1999, Sam lives in Coxhoe, County Durham. She has two brothers - Jordan (born August 1995) and Luke.

Her father and mother are called Jimmy (born late August) and Tracey respectively. Sam also has at least two grandparents: Ernest Luke "Ernie" Peachey (born 28 July 1942) and Sonia Peachey (née Cockburn; born 1942 or 1943). Ernie married Sonia in September 1964.

The X Factor

She auditioned for Series 13 and impressed all the judges with her strong vocals. She successfully made it to the Six Chair Challenge before being sent home. She was handed a second chance and selected as a wildcard for judges' houses by Louis Walsh as part of the Girls category mentored by Simon Cowell. Her first performance was marred in criticism when he mentioned that she should not wear so much make-up. She later returned to perform again. He was impressed with her performance and selected her as one of his Top 3 for the live shows.

She safely made it Week 5 before ending up in the Bottom 3 with Four of Diamonds and Saara Aalto but was saved by the lifeline vote.

In Week 6 she again fell into the Bottom 2 alongside Ryan Lawrie and was eliminated.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Explosions" Advanced
Bootcamp Group performance "Flashlight" Advanced
Six Chair Challenge "Mamma Knows Best" Eliminated
Judges' houses Free choice "Make It Rain" Advanced
Week 1 Express Yourself "Impossible" Safe (5th)
Week 2 Motown "Hello" Safe (5th)
Week 3 Divas "Earth Song" Safe (6th)
Week 4 Fright Night "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Safe (5th)
Week 5 Girlband v Boyband "I'll Stand by You" Saved by lifeline vote (8th)
Week 6 Disco "I Will Survive" Eliminated (7th)

Post The X Factor

In early 2017, it was reported that she had begun working on her own music. In May 2017 she released her first single 'Walk Away'. In October 2017, she released her second single 'Beat of You'.



  • Walk Away (2017)
  • Beat of You (2017)

Series 13 Finalists
BratavioEmily Middlemas5 After MidnightFour of DiamondsFreddy ParkerGifty LouiseHoney GMatt TerryRelley CRyan LawrieSaara AaltoSam Lavery