Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

I was never right, says Devlin

Janet Devlin lost out in the sing-off with Misha B
Janet Devlin lost out in the sing-off with Misha B

X Factor reject Janet Devlin declared she was never right for the contest - and insisted she did not mind losing out on a place in the semi-final.

The flame-haired 17-year-old was booted out on Sunday night after a tense sing-off with fellow hopeful Misha B.

Judge Kelly Rowland's decision to abstain from voting for either of her acts meant Janet was automatically sent home to Co Tyrone. But the teenager insisted she was "fine" with her mentor opting out.

"I'm glad Misha's there because she is so deserving of being there, she works so hard, she wants it so badly, it's so true that she deserved it more than I did," Janet said.

"I'm not X Factor material, and I've said this from the audition, I'm just who I am. I don't think it's what The X Factor wanted. I'm just glad they still gave me the opportunity to be on the live shows."

The singer - who was accused by head judge Gary Barlow of becoming predictable as the show progressed - explained: "What I sing and what music I like is not the X Factor. (The X Factor) is material with someone that can top the charts, it's popular music. What I bring to my own music is the music that I like, which is quite underground."

Janet, from Omagh, forgot some of the words to 90s' Hanson hit Mmm Bop on Saturday night's show, later blaming the mistake on feeling like she was "going to throw up". Her second song, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under the Bridge, was not enough to save her from the axe, on Sunday's result show which drew an average 12.2 million audience.

The student refused to elaborate on what had made her feel ill, but admitted: "The child in me just wanted to run and go get a hug. That's the thing, it is scary, but the person in me just stood up and said, 'I'm going to get on with the song and just finish it'."

And despite being floored by a stress-related illness earlier this month, the teenager said she would was able to handle the pressures of the contest.

"I was ready for it, I was ready for everything. No matter what age you are, it's going to get you stressed. Everyone is stressed in that competition, you can't just avoid it," she said. I'm glad I entered it at this stage because I'm still very young, I've still got all my life to get my music up. I'm proud of myself for doing it."

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