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Shirlena begs for X Factor return

Shirlena Johnson has begged X Factor bosses to take her back, offering to undergo psychological tests to prove she can cope with the pressure.

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

But in an interview in The Sun on Thursday, the singer said she would do "anything" to get back on the X Factor and criticised the decision to remove her. "I'm not crazy," she added.

The wannabe pop star caused a stir during her first appearance on the hit ITV1 talent show on Saturday evening with an eccentric routine. She performed, in leopard skin leggings, a bizarre rendition of the Duffy track Mercy.

But she was kicked off the show during the boot camp stage as concerns over her mental health were raised.

On Wednesday it emerged that footage of her final performances on the show would now be canned. It showed the singer, clad in a leopard-print bra and hot pants, performing an eccentric version of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

Speaking to The Sun, Shirlena insisted she could handle the pressures of being on the show.

She said: "They're worried I can't cope, but this has been the craziest week of my life and I'm still standing. I'm still trying to turn this around - I'm begging them to give me another chance."

Shirlena added: "This decision could spoil my life and desires - I'm now labelled as a crazy person."

She told the newspaper that she is prepared to undertake psychological testing to prove that she cope with the pressures of the show.

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