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Sunday 28 December 2014

Andrea Magee's X Factor dream crumbles after 'squark' bum note but vows she isn't left high and dry

'Two of your dogs passed out on that note, I saw them'

Sharon Osbourne comforts Andrea Magee after bum note
Sharon Osbourne comforts Andrea Magee after bum note
Andrea performing with her bodhran

Northern Ireland's hopes of celebrating an X Factor champion have been left high and dry after Co Antrim's Andrea Magee voice cracked.

Talented flautist Andrea was sent home after her performance hit the wrong note with the judges – but she hasn't given up on stardom yet.

Competing for one of the three places in the Over 25s category, Andrea sang her own version of the Radiohead hit High And Dry in LA in front of Sharon Osbourne and former Take That star Robbie Williams.

But the 28-year-old from Glengormley was left disappointed when it did not go how she had hoped. While some singers struggle to hit the high notes, Andrea overshot.

Afterwards, Robbie joked to Sharon: "Two of your dogs passed out on that note, I saw them."

Later on Twitter, Louis Walsh expressed his frustration: "That last note! And the flute? Why oh why."

However, Andrea said despite not getting through, she was really grateful to have had the experience.

"When Sharon asked me, 'How do you think that went?', I was afraid to say it as it was. But I also didn't want to make a big deal out of it because I don't want to come across as bitter."

The ex-school music department head added: "When I stood on the pressure point, the pianist started to play and it was an arrangement slightly different to the one we had rehearsed in the morning."

But last night on Twitter she admitted that it was all her own doing.

"I would like to make it clear I take full responsibility for my squark and blame no-one but myself for that note. Apologies," she wrote.

Andrea has also revealed that despite his joke, Robbie "said some really lovely things to me – that I have to focus on the fact that I am an artist and he was interested enough to ask me if I had been signed before".

In previous stages the four judges have complimented the former music teacher for her unique style and individuality and her use of the bodhran and the flute.

Last night on Twitter, Andrea thanked her fans for their support: "Thanks for all support. Not meant to be folks, but that doesn't mean I stop here! My music only has more fuel now."

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