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Birthday girl Janet Devlin back on form after a tough week

County Tyrone singer and X Factor contestant Janet Devlin
County Tyrone singer and X Factor contestant Janet Devlin
Janet Devlin
Janet Devlin
Janet Devlin from Gortin near Omagh

By Maureen Coleman

Janet Devlin's birthday wish came true this weekend when she bounced back from a stressful few days to make it though to the next round of the X Factor.

The Gortin girl, who turned 17 on Saturday, seemed back on form as she performed Somebody to Love on the Lady GaGa and Queen-themed show.

Earlier in the week Janet had taken ill and was bed-ridden for a couple of days. She later admitted it was the stress of last weekend's show, when a few forgotten words and a below-par performance prompted harsh criticisms from the judges.

Janet said: “On Monday and Tuesday, I just pretty much couldn't get out of my bed. I know myself that it was stress-related. My confidence has been knocked after last week, you know. There's no point in lying about it because it'll probably show a wee bit.”

Janet's performance of the Queen classic on this weekend's show won praise from most of the judging panel, although Gary Barlow branded her boring and told her he was fast losing interest in her.

His comments seemed to dent her confidence again and on last night's results show she told host Dermot O'Leary that she had not enjoyed her performance when she watched it back.

However, Janet's loyal fans voted her through to next week's show, with Misha B and Kitty Brucknell battling it out in an emotional, power-packed sing-off. It was the end of the road for the GaGa-loving Brucknell (right) as the judges voted to save Misha B instead.

It had been a tough week for all the remaining contestants following the shock departure of Frankie Cocozza and the subsequent news that one of the first four hopefuls to be kicked off the live shows was returning in a public vote.

Teenager Amelia Lily – who was voted off on week one by her mentor Kelly Rowland — was brought back in with over 40%. But her return was marred after an official X Factor website announced her appearance an hour before voting closed.

The announcement on the website of STV, which broadcasts ITV shows in Scotland, prompted fans to accuse the programme of vote-fixing. The channel put the blunder down to a “technical hitch”, and said pre-written pieces about all four contestants had gone live on the website.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Janet has fallen out with her mentor Kelly Rowland. According to the Sunday Mirror, the former Destiny's Child star thinks Janet has become “impossible to work with” as she refuses to wear outfits picked for her and argues about song choices.


Saturday night’s X Factor fell off air because of a technical fault. Millions of viewers tuned in to see a highlights reel playing.

The show tweeted a message to followers blaming a technical failure at BT Tower. A spokesman for BT confirmed there was an unusual power spike which disrupted services for a short time and that they were “looking into the circumstances behind the outage”.

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