X Factor 2016: Samantha Lavery to dedicate "emotional" performance to her dad

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Samantha Lavery is to dedicate her latest X Factor live performance to her dad.

And it sounds as though tonight's live show could prove a real tear jerker for Sam.

It's Girl Band v Boy Band week and Sam is covering I'll Stand By You as covered by Girls Aloud.

"This weekend my song is for one person… my dad, my best friend," Sam said in a message online ahead of the show this evening. "No matter where I am or how much I grow up I'll always be your little girl."

According to the Daily Star newspaper, Sam has found things a bit tough in rehearsals over the emotional number.

"When Sam found out she was singing I'll Stand By You she instantly welled up," a source spilled to the tabloid. "She loves the song and has really connected to the lyrics.

"The first thing Sam thought of when she heard the news of the song was her dad as they are really close."Sam has been struggling to hold back the tears in rehearsals and it's going to be tough for her to get through Saturday without crying."

However she has been getting some special tips from a guest mentor.

Sam was joined by Simon Cowell’s son Eric during rehearsals this week.

The teenager snapped a photo of the pair, together with Simon himself, on stage at the X Factor studios in Wembley.

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"Soundcheck yesterday with Simon and Eric..❤️," Sam captioned the picture

The X Factor 2016 is back next Saturday and Sunday on ITV from 8PM.

It's a Girl band v Boy Band theme and there will be a guest performance from Robbie Williams.

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