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X Factor's Abi enjoying attention

X Factor contestant Abi Alton has said she is determined to keep her artistic identity after she progressed to the Boot Camp stage of the competition.

The 18-year-old said she is "very set" on the type of singer she wants to be and hopes the judges will support her individuality, rather than make her "more conventional".

Abi's performance on the latest show (September 8) left panellists Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne in tears - along with countless viewers up and down the country.

Her self-penned and emotionally charged song Jigsaw, which was written in the wake of a break-up from her boyfriend, won a clean sweep of Yes votes from the four judges.

Asked if she was concerned Nicole, Sharon, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh may try to make her more mainstream, the teenage supermarket worker said: "I don't think so.

"I try to take everything the judges say as constructive criticism, and obviously they are the experts, so I really do need to take that advice on board.

"But I feel very set on the type of artist that I would like to be, and I'm quite determined that I'm going to go in the direction that I want to go.

"Sharon said that I've got my own individual qualities and she pointed that out as one of my strong points, so I think they're going to support the fact that I'm a little bit different, rather than try and make me more conventional."

Abi, who said she was "overwhelmed, excited and obviously really happy" at progressing to the next stage of the talent competition, revealed she has had messages of support from celebrities like singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, champion diver Jack Laugher and singer Sinitta.

She said: "I've had a lot of tweets and new followers, so it's been really exciting for me, especially online, it's really gone crazy.

"Sometimes I find it uncomfortable being so much in the centre of attention, but obviously when you're reading it off a screen it's not so overwhelming.

"But everyone likes a bit of attention every now and again, so it is nice. I'm enjoying it."

Abi, from Guisborough, North Yorkshire, said she was "loving every second" of X Factor, and was surprised by the reaction she received after her poignant performance.

"I could never have really imagined that I would get that sort of reaction," she added.

"It was just totally totally amazing. It was just class - I loved it."

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