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Can you guess which X Factor star once auditioned for Eurovision?

Sasha Brady

Published 17/11/2015 | 14:03

The X Factor pulled in a combined average audience of 8.94 million on October 4
The X Factor pulled in a combined average audience of 8.94 million on October 4

Back in 2009 one X Factor judge auditioned to represent Great Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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British pop star, Rita Ora, then 18, performed Oleta Adams' hit 'Get Here' and impressed the judges, including Andrew Lloyd Webber.

It wasn't enough to see her through to the final and the blonde singer lost out to Sugababes star Jade Ewan, who went on to perform Lloyd Webber’s song It’s My Time at the Moscow Eurovision that year.

Rita previously admitted she was relieved that she didn't get the chance to represent Great Britain on the Eurovision Song Contest.

Kiera Weathers says goodbye to mentor Rita Ora
Kiera Weathers says goodbye to mentor Rita Ora

The Kosovo-born star told the London Evening Standard: "Andrew Lloyd Webber was there. Right from the start I was like, 'What am I doing here?'

"I did my song and walked out. No one knew what to do. They started looking for me, calling my agent."

The Hot Right Now singer then appeared to take a dig at Jade: "Imagine if I'd stayed! It would probably have been all over for me. At best, I'd be a contestant on that diving show... ? Splash! Yeah, Splash! I love that show."

Jade, of course, was a contestant on the BBC show Splash in 2013.

That same year the ex-Sugababes singer responded to the veiled dig and tweeted: "Easy to mock when you are enjoying success. Eurovision and Splash? Proud of both. Some manage to sleep their way to success, some have morals."

 

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