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20,000 fans scream as X Factor's Janet rocks out on tour

By Lisa Smyth

The X Factor live tour has kicked off - giving Northern Ireland's Janet Devlin her first taste of performing live in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans.

The Gortin diva channelled her inner rock chick as she took to the stage wearing laddered tights, white Doc Marten boots, skull t-shirt and a tartan jacket.

However, while she was glammed up for the occasion, a technical hitch meant her first performance did not go as smoothly as she would have hoped.

She tweeted afterwards: 'Oops technical difficulties ..... no one could hear me up until the chorus :') awkward turtle :P'.

The 2011 X Factor contestants, reunited on stage for the first time since the programme that made them household names aired last year, wowed over 20,000 excited fans at MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday.

It offered the first glimpse of what to expect when the show arrives in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on March 9 and 10.

Finalist Amelia Lily impressed the audience with her show-stealing performance at the opening night of the UK and Ireland tour.

The 17-year-old looked every inch the pop princess as she took to the stage wearing a baby pink tutu and a laced-up corset to match.

Kitty Brucknell fulfilled her role of quirky diva, rotating on a spinning wheel in a red corset and long satin gloves as two leather-clad men wearing top hats guarded her as she whirled 360 degrees.

She may not have won the television series, but Kitty certainly wanted to steal the limelight on the stage, being lifted by four bondage slaves in black mesh tops and leather straps.

Johnny Robinson relished his moment back with the gang. The 46-year-old pranced around in an oriental costume, fanning himself as he was flanked by female backing dancers wearing black kimonos splashed with pink paint.

Completing the tour line-up was a rather slender Craig Colton, showing off the results of his personal training, Marcus, backed by dancers in see-through lace tops, black bras and incredibly skimpy high-waisted shorts, and Misha B.

Background

Janet Devlin was the favourite to win X Factor from her first audition, until a nervy performance saw her popularity drop. The Gortin girl, who was just 17 when she took part in the show, topped the public vote four times during her stint on the programme - more than any other act. But in week seven, designated as 'Movies Week' her choice of songs began to be criticised by both judges and commentators.

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