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Andrea's X-it won't bring her career to a halt

By Dave Whelan

North Belfast's hopes of having our very own X-Factor winner ended on a bum note at the weekend when local talent Andrea Magee failed to take one of the final three places in the Over 25s category, after performing her own version of the Radiohead hit High And Dry while in LA.

While many of her fans have criticised how the show edited Andrea's performances throughout the series, the Glengormley girl humbly acknowledges the opportunity the show has given her and vows not to give up on her dream.

At the Judges' Houses stage of the competition, aired on Saturday night, judge Sharon Osbourne and former Take That star Robbie Williams watched as Andrea failed to take control of the song before ending it on a bad note which she described as a "squark".

Throughout the show Andrea's unique performances accompanied by the bodhran and flute were heavily cut and edited by the producers, meaning that despite getting through to the latter stages she only accumulated around three minutes of air time.

After a clip of Andrea's performance was aired on Saturday night, the former music teacher apologised to fans and posted a video on her Facebook page of how the audition should have gone.

"I would like to make it clear I take full responsibility for my squark and blame no-one but myself for that note. Apologies.

"Thanks for all support. Not meant to be folks, but that doesn't mean I stop here! My music only has more fuel now," she added.

She adds that Robbie Williams, despite joking that her 'squark' had knocked Osborne's dogs out, had "said some really lovely things to me – that I have to focus on the fact that I am an artist and he was interested enough to ask me if I had been signed before".

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