Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Jade Collins sobs as her X Factor journey ends, but she won’t give up on the dream of being a star

Jade C as she performs during the London auditions for this year's X Factor.

A teenager from Northern Ireland has said she still intends to pursue a music career after her X Factor journey ended in tears.

An emotional Jade Collins was left bitterly disappointed when she failed to make it through to this year's live shows.

Instead, mentor Tulisa Contostavlos chose to send through 16-year-old Ella Henderson, Jade Ellis (25) and 20-year-old Lucy Spraggan.

Jade, an A-Level student at St Louise's in west Belfast, had been in a tough category and was one of six girls, including early front-runner Ella, selected to travel to the sunshine island of St Lucia to discover their fates.

Viewers saw Contostavlos break the bad news last night.

However, the judge told Jade she had shown great potential and she felt the schoolgirl was “still developing”.

On hearing the news, the 17-year-old broke down in tears, but thanked her mentor for the opportunity and said it had been “a pleasure to meet her”.

Speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph before her hopes were dashed last night, Jade described The X Factor experience as the best of her life.

And she said she would never give up on her ambition, whatever the outcome.

“This whole X Factor experience has been a dream come true,” she said.

“It's been overwhelming to get this far.

“No matter what happens, I'm going to keep following my dream. I know for certain now I want a career in music and I'm going to go for it.

“Meeting the girls in my category was brilliant, too, and I intend to keep in touch with them.”

Jade is likely to return to school now to continue her studies.

“I have to have a meeting with them to see about going back,” she said.

But there is some good news for the teen, as her father, who is in prison, is expected to be released soon.

Jade, who revealed he had been watching her X Factor progress while in jail, said she was looking forward to singing for him live for the first time.

Also put through to The X Factor live shows were Melanie Masson, Carolynne Poole and Kye Sones, in the ‘overs’ category, mentored by Gary Barlow; James Arthur, Rylan Clark and Jahmene Douglas passed in the ‘boys’ category, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger; and finally Louis Walsh's category, the groups — gmd3, MK1 and Union J.

Meanwhile, viewers will once again have a chance to choose from four wildcard acts this year.

Louis Walsh nominated male trio Times Red for his wildcard act, while Barlow put up Christopher Maloney.

Scherzinger opted for Adam Burridge while Contostavlos nominated Amy Mottram.

Fans will have until midday on Saturday to vote for their favourite, who will then perform on the first live show that night.

A big name in future?... I’d bet on it

It was always going to be a tough job for Jade Collins to secure a place in this year's X Factor live shows.

Without taking away from the schoolgirl's talent, the standard in her category was very high.

Not only was she slogging it out for a place against audience favourite Lucy Spraggan, the Sheffield lass who composes her own songs about teenage angst and tequila, but she was also up against the amazing Ella Henderson, a shoo-in to make the grand final, if not win.

Jade should be proud for reaching the top six out of thousands of hopefuls, and at just 17 she has plenty of time to still follow her dream.

At this stage of the competition it's too early to call. Sometimes nerves and the wrong song choices can get the better of even the most talented of contestants.

But if I were a betting woman, I would stick a fiver on young Ella to go all the way.

Let the fun begin.

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