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X Factor: Belfast singer Hayley Norton sent home after Six Chair Challenge

By Jackie Bell

Belfast-based singer Hayley Norton has missed out on a spot in the next round of The X Factor after failing to secure a seat during the dreaded Six Chair Challenge.

The 21-year-old appeared on stage alone in front of the judges and an audience of thousands, despite entering the competition as a duo with her mother Debye Gaskin, 40.

But after performing a rendition of The Beatles' Come Together, Girls category mentor Sharon Osbourne decided not to put the singer through to the next round.

"Your voice is OK, but there are lots of people in the charts that have OK voices, she told her.

"I don't want to give you false hope - I'm going to have to say no."

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Pictured: Girls mentor Sharon Osbourne sends Hayley home

Simon Cowell said: "Voice-wise, compared to some of the other singers, this is difficult.

"But in terms of where you have come over the last couple of rounds I think you've done well."

After leaving the stage, an upset Hayley was comforted by mum Debye who had been watching in the audience.

As a duo named Descendance the pair reached Bootcamp despite Simon, Sharon, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger suggesting Hayley should go forward as a solo act during their first audition.

They initially rejected the advice, but after being told they would not be advancing in the competition as a group, Hayley was offered the chance to continue on her own at bootcamp.

Despite Debye being upset by the judges' comments she eventually told them: "She's my baby star, that's what I called her when she was born. She's going to go forward."

Both mother and daughter are originally from Canada but moved to Belfast in 2004.

The X Factor Six Chair Challenge will continue on ITV next weekend.

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Pictured: Hayley Norton leaves the competition

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