Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Janet Devlin beats X Factor eliminations

Rock chick: Janet with new hairdo
County Tyrone singer and X Factor contestant Janet Devlin

'X Factor' hopeful Janet Devlin triumphed last night after making it through to the next round of the ITV show.

The bookies' favourite to win the talent show survived an elimination where one act from each of the four categories left the programme.

The 16-year-old with the unique voice from Co Tyrone passed with flying colours after making her live show debut on Saturday night, singing Coldplay's track 'Fix You'.

"I surprised myself with that, in a good way," said Devlin after she came off stage.

First to praise the performance was judge Louis Walsh.

"I thought, Janet, that was incredible. You've got Celtic soul, you're the voice of an angel and I've got a memo for Kelly Rowland, your mentor: you have to bring her back," the Mayo man told her.

Fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos told the student she was "mesmerising" and Gary Barlow agreed, telling Devlin she was "totally unique".

Mentor Kelly Rowland added: "Away from the competition, Janet, I've watched you come into your own and I am so proud of you."

Parents Aquinas and Patricia, who had flown to London for the weekend to watch their daughter sing, said they were "delighted".

"Janet knew it wasn't going to be easy for her but this is what she wants," Patricia told the Irish Independent last night.

In last night's eliminations, the girls' mentor, Kelly Rowland, decided to get rid of Amelia Lily (16). Boys' coach Gary Barlow parted company with James Michael (20). The over-25s' mentor, Louis Walsh, axed Jonjo Kerr (27). And the groups' coach, Tulisa Contostavlos, axed girl band 2 Shoes.

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