I’m not X Factor material, my music is really quite underground says Tyrone’s Janet Devlin
Published 29/11/2011 | 07:23
X FACTOR reject Janet Devlin declared she was never right for the contest - and insisted she did not mind losing out on a place in the semi-final.
The flame-haired 17-year-old was booted out on Sunday night after a tense sing-off with fellow hopeful Misha B.
Judge Kelly Rowland's decision to abstain from voting for either of her acts meant Devlin was automatically sent home.
But the teenager insisted she was "fine" with her mentor opting out.
"I'm glad Misha's there because she is so deserving of being there, she works so hard, she wants it so badly, it's so true that she deserved it more than I did," Devlin said.
"I'm not X Factor material, and I've said this from the audition, I'm just who I am. I don't think it's what The X Factor wanted. I'm just glad they still gave me the opportunity to be on the live shows."
The singer - who was accused by head judge Gary Barlow of becoming predictable as the show progressed - explained: "What I sing and what music I like is not the X Factor. (The X Factor) is material with someone that can top the charts, it's popular music.
"What I bring to my own music is the music that I like, which is quite underground."
Devlin, from Omagh, Co Tyrone, forgot some of the words to 90s' Hanson hit Mmm Bop on Saturday night's show, later blaming the mistake on feeling like she was "going to throw up". Her second song, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under the Bridge, was not enough to save her from the axe, on Sunday's result show which drew an average 12.2 million audience.
The student refused to elaborate on what had made her feel ill, but admitted: "The child in me just wanted to run and go get a hug.
"That's the thing, it is scary, but the person in me just stood up and said, 'I'm going to get on with the song and just finish it'."
And despite being floored by a stress-related illness earlier this month, the teenager said she would was able to handle the pressures of the contest.
"I was ready for it, I was ready for everything. No matter what age you are, it's going to get you stressed. Everyone is stressed in that competition, you can't just avoid it," she said.
"I'm glad I entered it at this stage because I'm still very young, I've still got all my life to get my music up. I'm proud of myself for doing it."
Devlin blasted suggestions from judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh that Misha B may have bullied other contestants backstage.
"That was absolute lies. I couldn't get over that. People that know her and her fanbase know that that's a pile of poo really," she said.
The singer-songwriter, who never took her guitar on stage during the live shows, said she would like contestants to be able to perform their own material.
"I do wish that we would get more of an opportunity to be musicians and express our artistship," she said.
"I could have used a guitar but I just wanted to save it. I wanted at least something that I could hold on to and keep myself and just use after the show."
Devlin said she is now looking forward to gigging and writing new material.
"I know I've been kicked off a huge TV show, but it's not the end of life," she said.
"People make it out to be such a huge bloody deal, but life goes on, music never stops, music is a continuous form of expression, why does it have to stop if I get kicked off a TV show of all things?"