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Monday 21 April 2014

Melanie McCabe: ‘X Factor bosses told me to audition and it would be my year’

IRISH X Factor star Melanie McCabe revealed she was encouraged to share her 'sob story' by show producers.

The 20-year-old singer from Santry was axed by mentor Nicole Scherzinger in Antigua on last night's episode.

The Dubliner has famously auditioned four times over the years.

Melanie sang for producers prior to her performance for the judges and decided not to go ahead with participation on the show. However, show bosses immediately got in touch with her telling her this would be "her year".

"I had made the decision not to go ahead and I called them to say it. Then a few minutes later, my phone was buzzing.

"Producers got in touch telling me saying, 'It'd be worth your while'.

In the early stages of applying, she explained that bosses enquire about any tragedies you've experienced.

"They ask you if there's anything bad that's happened to you in the last few years," she told Colm Hayes on RTE 2FM.

"I filled out what I felt I was currently going through, which was losing my house.

"People are very quick to judge when you're on a show like this."

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Music mogul Louis Walsh added that he did his best to encourage Nicole to take Melanie through to the live shows.

"If I was in charge of the girls, I would have taken Melanie through.

"I think she [Nicole] picked the three that she believed in most, I was doing my best behind the scenes."

And he's encouraged Melanie to pursue a singing career in life after X Factor.

"I think she's always had it and I love her attitude," he added.

"She should never do X Factor again, I don't even know how she watches it!"

Irish Independent

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