Belfast Telegraph

Johnson X Factor footage canned

Shirlena Johnson's eccentric final performance has been pulled from the next instalment of The X Factor.

The single mother from east London was axed from the hit ITV1 talent show after concerns were raised about her mental health.

An X-Factor spokesman confirmed viewers will not see the performance recorded at the boot camp stage, saying: "The decision to remove Shirlena was made after we recorded boot camp and Shirlena may therefore appear on camera as part of a wider group shot. Shirlena's individual performance will not be featured."

The now-canned footage showed the singer, clad in a leopard-print bra and hot pants, performing a version of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

Simon is reported to have said he is very upset about having to drop the hopeful from The X Factor, telling The Sun: "I'm devastated. It's heartbreaking."

Shirlena also reportedly hit out at the decision. Speaking to the Daily Star, the singing hopeful insisted she was "not mentally ill" and that being kicked off the X Factor was "a complete catastrophe".

Concerns about her health were raised after her first appearance on Saturday when she shrieked and wailed her way through a version of Duffy's Mercy that Simon likened to a "musical exorcism".

It has been reported TV executives were accompanied by a psychologist when they broke the news to Shirlena that she had to leave.

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