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X Factor pop pixie Janet Devlin is walking on air

Co Tyrone singer Janet Devlin wowed the judges on The X Factor as she edged one step closer to her dreams of winning the life-changing reality show

The 16-year-old, from Gortin, Co Tyrone admitted she was battling nerves as she sang for survival at the bootcamp stage.

Before she took to the stage she revealed: “I’m feeling nervous, this is my first time by myself and away to London, or anywhere for that matter.

“We’ve got so much to prove to these four judges that it’s kind of nerve-wracking.” But she needn’t have worried, as her performance was met with universal praise by the panel. N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos grinned: “I'm a very happy bunny after that”, while Destiny’s Child babe Kelly Rowland declared: “I love her.”

And Take That frontman Gary Barlow admitted: “I've got tingles.”

Louis Walsh has also been a fan of the starlet since her amazing audition when she stunned everyone with her unique rendition of Elton John’s Your Song.

Janet has long been touted as one of the bookies’ favourites to win the show and the reaction from the judges last night means she looks set to make it to the next stage as long as she doesn’t slip up in tonight’s final test.

There were 80 acts at the bootcamp stage and tonight will see 32 — four in each category — go through to the judges’ houses.

In tonight’s show Janet will sing Aerosmith’s Don't Want To Miss A Thing hoping it will be good enough to see her through.

Sunday Life knows the outcome but we have decided not to publish it so not to spoil it for our readers. But we can reveal what Janet will say before she goes in front of the judges to sing. She will tell viewers: “This is the pinnacle of everything I've ever done in my life, not just singing-wise, this is literally the biggest thing I have ever done.

“I've taken the tempo and made it really slow. I hope they like it because I have tried to make it my own, I hope they see that. This is more than just a competition, it means everything.”

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