X Factor Charlie to wed

BUDDING pop star Charlie Mole certainly has the X Factor as far as her biggest fan is concerned.

The 23-year-old, into the last eight in her category on the ITV show with her band Hope, has another reason to celebrate after she agreed to marry boyfriend of two years Lee Daglish.

Charlie, who almost got booted out on Saturday when the band found themselves in the bottom two, said: "I wasn't expecting it at all. It was such a big surprise. We're so happy. He's amazing."

Murton lad Lee, 28, proposed to Charlie on her 23rd birthday - also the day she found out she had got through to the live final stage of The X Factor.

"I looked up and he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I couldn't believe it. It was so lovely," said Charlie.

The pair haven't had much time to plan their big day since getting engaged, but Lee, a support worker for people with learning disabilities, has managed to get down to London to see her about twice a week.

Lee said: "I thought her birthday would be the perfect day to propose because if she didn't get through, she would still be happy, and if she did get through, it would be a nice bonus.

"We haven't even had time for an engagement party yet. We're just going to have to play things by ear."