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X Factor’s Monica Michael says she wanted Simon Cowell as mentor and not Rita Ora

Published 05/10/2015 | 09:48

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X Factor contestant Monica Michael may have just shot herself in the foot regarding progressing in the competition.

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Speaking on Good Morning Britain today she admitted that she wanted to be mentored by Simon Cowell and not Rita Ora, who was awarded the Girls category.

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Simon is mentoring the Over 25s.

The 24-year-old social worker made it through the daunting Six Chair Challenge on last night's episode and now faces Judges' Houses where it's up to Rita Ora whether or not she progresses to the live shows.

"At first, I did want Simon as my team leader because I've looked up to him ever since I was a little girl," she said.

"Rita didn't see me when I was on the show last year so it did occur to me that she wouldn't know how much I have grown - whereas Simon would have."

She added, "She's such a girl's girl, so powerful, so I think she's going to make a great mentor."

The London singer had tried out last year but was ditched by Cheryl Fernandez Versini at the Six Chair Challenge.

Last night she aced it with her rendition of What is Love by Empire.

Nick Grimshaw was massively impressed, “That is exactly what you needed to do. You came in and showed us who you would be as an artist and for me right now you’re the most exciting girl in this competition."

Cheryl made up for ditching her last year by adding, "“Can I ask you one thing? Why didn’t you do that for me last year? I could kill you right now.

"That was amazing. If it was me you’d be taking that seat right now."

Simon said it was "fantastic" and Rita, her mentor, said, "I want to personally thank Cheryl for not putting you through.

"It's given her time to evolve and come back ten times harder and now you're mine."

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