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We have more to offer as a duo, says Belfast X Factor mum Debye Gaskin

Belfast-based Debye Gaskin said she thinks viewers should give her and daughter Hayley Norton a chance as a duo on The X Factor, despite suggestions they should rethink their act as a twosome.

The pair, who are originally from Canada but moved to west Belfast in 2004, appeared on the ITV show on Sunday under the name Descendance and performed Macklemore's Can't Hold Us.

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

Scherzinger described Hayley as "super dope and really relevant right now", and told Debye: "I think it'd be cool for you to have involvement in some way, you're so cute together, you're a great team."

Agreeing with her co-star, Osbourne said what Descendance did was "odd" and Debye should be more in the background, while Cowell told them: "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".

Debye, 40,  responded: "We don't think it's odd," while 21-year-old Hayley added: "I won't do it with anyone else."

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

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Debye said she completely understood where the judges were coming from, but feels like they should be given a chance.

"I believe we can work very well as a duo," she said.

"Hayley does look like a pop star and I do understand everything the judges said - the point I was trying to make was for them to give us a chance because we have more to offer."

Reflecting on their audition, Debye added: "I wasn't surprised one bit.

"I expected it because Hayley is super dope and relevant, just like Nicole said she was.

"I wasn't upset or annoyed, I was just really nervous and in all honesty I wanted the ground to swallow me up because at that moment I didn't know how to respond.

"I have a lot of respect for the judges, especially Sharon - in my eyes she is a legend and she had all the credibility behind her and I didn't want to come across as disrespectful  in any way.

"It did look like I wasn't impressed (by their comments) but I was just emotional and I actually felt like I was having an out of body experience.

"We didn't expect to get the four yeses, that's why I broke down the way I did."

The pair have been given a pass to bootcamp , where they will compete to progress further in the talent competition.

"I think it takes a lot to audition for The X Factor and I think together we stand out," Debye continued.

"I am so grateful to the show for the opportunity."

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