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Business journalist to sing in ‘X Factor-style’ charity contest

A regional daily business journalist is set to take part in an ‘X Factor-style’ contest for charity.

Leicester Mercury deputy business editor Lauren Mills is currently rehearsing to sing a duet at the ‘L Factor’ talent show, which will be held in aid of the Lord’s Taverners at the end of this month.

Lauren has teamed up with Mark Esho, director and co-owner of Leicester-based company Easy Internet Solutions, for the competition.

However, the duo are sworn to secrecy on what they will be singing on the night, although it is described as a “classic from the 1960s”.

Lauren, right, in rehearsal with singing partner Mark Esho

Lauren, right, in rehearsal with singing partner Mark Esho

Lauren told the Mercury: “Everyone knows the original, though whether they’ll recognise our version is a different matter. Rehearsals are more comedy than music at the moment.

“All we can say is, we’re giving it our best for a brilliant charity and we hope all our colleagues and friends will be there on the night to support us.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Taverners, which raises money for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities to help them enjoy sport.

Up to 1,000 people are expected at the show, which will be held at Leicester Community Sports Arena, home of the Leicester Riders basketball team, on 31 March.