Over The Rainbow hopefuls Lauren Samuels is worried that one day her hearing will deteriorate and ruin her singing career.
The 22-year-old was partially deaf as a child and wore two hearing aids until she was 18. Her hearing then drastically improved but her doctors warn it could degenerate again at any time.
The singer told The Sun: “They don’t know if it will deteriorate again.
“Of course I’m worried, it would be catastrophic. But I’m living every moment as if it won’t happen.”
She added that her former disability may have made led to her appearing somewhat “robotic” on the show.
But she added: “It’s a defence mechanism. I put on a shell. I so want the role that I’m just focused.”