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Mother of X Factor star Janet Devlin dismisses kidnap plot rumour

By Maureen Coleman

Janet Devlin has made it through to the next round of the X Factor after a 'haunting' performance on Saturday's Fright Night show - amid rumours of a bizarre kidnap plot.

The Tyrone teen seemed overwhelmed when her name was called out, after admitting on spin-off show The Xtra Factor that she was unhappy with her rendition of Police classic Every Breath You Take.

In a surprise outcome, it was Sophie Habibis and Misha B squaring up to each other in the sing-off.

Janet's mother Patricia dismissed rumours of a plot to kidnap the 16-year-old.

A Sunday newspaper said the alleged plan to kidnap the Gortin girl came to light when a photographer working at the X Factor house in Hertfordshire overheard two men talking and passed the information on to producers.

But Patricia Devlin said she had been advised that there was 'no threat' to her daughter and police sources also claimed the reports were unsubstantiated.

Mrs Devlin told the Belfast Telegraph: "The show's producers told us that they had been informed of two men talking in the bushes near the house but we were assured of Janet's safety and to be honest, we don't think there's anything in it at all.

"As far as we're concerned there is no threat to her and Janet herself is cool and calm and not taking it seriously at all."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire police said: "We are well aware of the care that the X Factor producers take around the safety of their contestants and Hertfordshire police will always work with them to respond to any issues that emerge."

A police insider rubbished the report.

On the show, the absence of Kelly Rowland as a mentor was evident as it proved a tough week for the girls' category.

Rowland flew to LA this week and later pulled out of Saturday night's show, suffering from a throat infection.

The judges, including an emotional and clearly unwell Rowland, speaking on the telephone from LA, saved Misha B.

Janet's performance on Saturday was called 'haunting' by Louis Walsh while Tulisa Contostavlos told her: "You look different tonight. You have a look in your eyes that means business."

Afterwards, Janet told Xtra Factor presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs she was unhappy with her performance and admitted she was in tears backstage.

She stated: "I have been crying backstage about my performance, I'm not happy about it at all."

She also said she didn't enjoy watching her performances.

The teenager added: "As much as I want to try not to watch them back, I still do. I feel really bad after watching them normally.

"But in a way that's good, because I always find particular things that I want to get better at."

While Misha B won high praise for her version of Gloria Jones/Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Sophie Habibis' Bang Bang (I Shot You Down) came under fire, with Walsh telling her she was like a secretary who sang at weekends, while Gary Barlow criticised it as another "dreary" ballad.

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