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Watch: Belfast X Factor mum urged to step aside and let Descendance daughter shine at bootcamp

Hayley Norton and Mum Debye Gaskin from west Belfast on the X Factor
Hayley Norton and Mum Debye Gaskin from west Belfast on the X Factor

By Lucy Mapstone

Emotions ran high as a Belfast mother and daughter duo were told to rethink their act by The X Factor judges in Sunday's episode.

Debye Gaskin (40) and her 23-year-old daughter Hayley Norton, known together as Descendance, performed a rendition of Macklemore's Can't Hold Us, complete with rapping from both, as well as singing.

They are originally from Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, Canada, but now live in west Belfast and regularly sing in bars around the city, including The Monico Bars and Filthy McNasty's.

Last night, the judges - Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh - were torn over the pair, and advised mother Debye to step back to let her daughter shine through on her own.

Osbourne told Hayley that she was "phenomenal", and that she loved Debye's spirit, but that she "should be the DJ in the booth and join in on some of the vocals".

Walsh added: "I was thinking something similar, I was watching (Hayley) all the time, you are an amazing performer, you were in your own little world and I believed every bit of it."

Scherzinger described the younger of the two as "super dope and really relevant right now".

Speaking to mother Debye, she said: "I think it'd be cool for you to have involvement in some way like Mrs O said, you're so cute together, you're a great team."

Agreeing with her co-star, Osbourne said what Descendance did was "odd".

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Descendance (C) Syco / Thames / ITV Plc

Hitting back, Debye responded: "We don't think it's odd."

Cowell replied: "I'm going to be really honest with you, it's not great.

"What you've done for your daughter is incredible because you have an amazing relationship, but it is quite rare that we see someone like (Hayley). The fact you are happy to do this with your mum makes me like you even more."

Cowell said he did not want to be rude, but "it doesn't work".

Becoming increasingly emotional, Hayley said: "I won't do it with anyone else."

Despite the disagreement, the judges give them four yes votes to take them through to the bootcamp stage, with Cowell advising them to think about how to continue in the competition.

Another act that made it through to the next round was 16-year-old Chloe Rose Moyle, whose own song, Holding Out For Us, saw her described as "quirky and charming" by Cowell.

Full-time father Gary Barker (29) got four yes votes after he was given a second chance to audition after he was told his version of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars was not original enough. Elsewhere, Cowell was wowed by Taliah Dalorto (19) and her rendition of Ain't No Way by Aretha Franklin, saying: "You have no idea how much I wanted to find someone like you today."

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