X-FACTOR finalist Rachel Adedeji will be live on stage in Batley at the weekend as she switches on the Christmas Lights at shopping complex The Mill.
Rachel was booted out of the competition two weeks ago after finding herself in the bottom two during three of her four weeks on the hit show.
She lost out to teenager Lloyd Daniels but has since taken to the stage with the help of her mentor Dannii Minogue and said she hopes to pursue a singing career.
Rachel impressed the X-Factor judges with her rendition of U2’s One and Stop Crying Your Heart Out by Oasis before being kicked-off the show.
A 2,000-plus audience is expected to welcome her to Batley at the weekend.
Among them will be 14-year-old Jordan Talbot, a year 10 design and technology student at Mirfield Free Grammar School, who has designed the poster advertising the event.
Students were commissioned to produce an A3 poster for The Mill to advertise its famous Christmas lights switch on event, which takes place this Saturday from 2.30pm.
Jordan will be meeting Rachel, 17, for a private signing and photo shoot and he is also looking forward to meeting Gareth Oliver – Britain’s Got Talent ventriloquist extraordinaire, who was also included in his poster design.
Rachel will be signing autographs from 2.30pm and will be live on stage from 4pm at the Bradford Road event.
At the switch-on there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a spectacular firework display from 5pm.
James Longridge, acting head of the design faculty at the school said: “The link with The Mill in Batley has provided an excellent opportunity for students to experience a ‘live’ design brief within a professional context.
“Our students have excelled to produce exceptionally high quality work that demonstrates their high levels of enthusiasm and engagement within the project.”
Batley town centre’s Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday December 3 by Lucy Pargeter who plays Charity Dingle in Emmerdale.
Meanwhile X Factor winner turned chart-topper Alexandra Burke has pulled out of the Leeds Christmas lights switch-on tomorrow.
Thousands of people are expected to travel into Leeds to see the light’s turned on.
Alexandra will be replaced by fellow pop star Pixie Lott.
A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “Leeds lights switch-on is a hugely popular event.
“While it is unfortunate that Alexandra Burke is not appearing, the show will be packed with great acts and multi-award-winning artist Pixie Lott will headline.”