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BGT’s Ella vows to prove Cheryl wrong

Ella Shaw hopes her performance in Britain’s Got Talent will make Cheryl Fernandez-Versini realise she shouldn’t have kicked her off the X Factor.

The 18-year-old singer reached the six-chair challenge in the last series of X Factor, but Cheryl decided not to take her through to the next round. Now, Ella has been given a second shot at stardom as she performs in the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-finals tonight. She insists the setback has made her more determined to succeed and hopes Cheryl will finally see her true potential.

“Going on the X Factor prepared me for BGT. It was tough when I was sent home from bootcamp, but it made me work hard,” the singer-songwriter told British newspaper The Sun. “I hope Cheryl is watching on Wednesday night and supports me.

“I’m going to show her everything I’ve got and make her proud. I thank her for sending me home because I’ve improved so much. Without the knockback, I might not have done that.”

Ella also thanked Cheryl’s fellow X Factor judge Mel B for believing in her when she auditioned last year.

“Mel B was devastated when I left the six-chair challenge. It was incredible to have her support,” she added.

Ella went on to reveal that being bullied and developing alopecia while at school made her a better songwriter. The budding star is thrilled to have been an inspiration to many other teenagers going through the same experiences.

“It’s been incredible. I’ve had people suffering with alopecia asking for advice and for me to help somebody is lovely,” she smiled. “Something bad can become something good.”

Ella has promised that she is pulling out all the stops in a bid to make the Britain’s Got Talent live finals this weekend.

“I’m nervous and I feel a bit sick but I’m excited,” the musician admitted.

“My performance will be very different from my audition. I’m upping my game.”

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