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Saturday 20 September 2014

X Factor's Hannah: My time was up

Hannah Barrett was voted out of The X Factor at the weekend

X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett has said it was her time to leave the show, but that Tamera Foster needs to work harder.

The 17-year-old lost out to Rough Copy in the judges' vote between the bottom two acts, leaving Tamera as the only remaining contestant in mentor Nicole Scherzinger's category.

Hannah said: "There's times when you need to go and I think my time was to go this week. That's why I'm not really that upset or down about it.

"I knew that if I'd already been in the bottom two twice, there was a possibility I could be in it again and if I was then I was going home. I think the public thought I was safe, as usual."

Tamera, 16, was not in the bottom two despite forgetting the lyrics to her song again on Saturday.

Hannah said of her team mate: "At this point there's no room for mistakes. She does need to up her game this week and she will do that - I know what she's like, she's a hard working girl. At the end of the day, it's the British public that vote and I think the British public usually vote a lot more when someone's made a mistake or been in the bottom two."

The singer from Croydon was subjected to racist abuse on Twitter during the competition and explained how she had managed to deal with it: "I've realised on this journey that these people are so small minded and they want to let out certain feelings that they've been holding up and they just carry so much hate.

"I'm not going to be bothered. I've learned how to get over things like that, so if I see a bad comment I'm just like, 'Ok, whatever, yeah'."

She also got back in touch with her mum in recent weeks, having lived apart following a family fight. Hannah said: "She came last week and this week and she felt really good."

Hannah said she believed Sam Bailey would be the winner: "All of us are quite young, but Sam Bailey, she's a wife, she's a mum, she hasn't had her time yet. She sings like she's had her time, but she hasn't had her time yet and I feel like she deserves to have her time."

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