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X Factor hopeful Monica Michael: I'll never give up on singing

Published 14/09/2015 | 14:34

Monica Michael during the audition stage for ITV1's The X Factor (Syco/Thames TV)
Monica Michael during the audition stage for ITV1's The X Factor (Syco/Thames TV)

X Factor hopeful Monica Michael has said she will not let any knockbacks stop her from singing.

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The 25-year-old youth worker from north London returned to the ITV singing show a year after she was booted out during the six-chair challenge by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

This time around, judges Simon Cowell, Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw gave her four yeses to get through to the next round, following her performance of Christina Aguilera's Impossible.

"I was scared of rejection again. There is no bigger platform than X Factor, and to be honest with you, even though I got booted off I had one of the best times of my life, so I knew I was in for it again if I was to go through, so I was just excited to come back again," she told the Press Association.

Having received the ticket to go through to the boot camp stage, she is prepared for small-screen rejection if she does not proceed any further the second time around.

"I don't think I'll come back on X Factor again. I mean, how many times am I going to come back? It's going to get boring," she said.

"But I'll never give up. I love my singing, I love song-writing, so I'll just continue with that."

Fernandez-Versini, who mentored Michael last year, admitted during last weekend's episode that she was "her biggest regret" of the 2014 competition, while Cowell said: "We made a big mistake with you last year."

If Michael gets through to the judges' houses round, she will be coached by Ora, who is looking after the Girls group. Cowell is in charge of the Over-25s, while Fernandez-Versini will be mentoring the Groups and Grimshaw the Boys.

"She seems like a very powerful lady and a right woman's woman so I think she's going to be fierce again. They're both fierce these ladies, but I think she's (Ora) going to do a great job," Michael said.

She is full of praise for Ora's stint on The Voice.

The aspiring singer continued: "I loved Rita on The Voice. She was so warm, and even when she was criticising people that she knew weren't going to go through, she still gave them advice and didn't put them down.

"I just felt a lot of love and warmth from her, so I thought she was a great judge. When I heard she was going to be on X Factor, I thought it's going to be a great show."

Michael also revealed what she loves about Fernandez-Versini, saying: " I love her quirkiness, I love that cheeky smile with the dimples. I love her honesty, I love her fashion and I love the fact that she just looks so innocent."

The singer said she has had to advise family members when she experienced online bullying.

She explained: "I think when you're out there, you're going to get the good with the bad. There's people that comment about performances, about anything they can comment on really. You've just got to take it with a pinch of salt, that's the only way to move forward really.

"I think I just laugh at it. I think it's my family that get so upset. I'm like, 'Just brush it off'. It's like I've got to counsel them over stuff people say about me. But luckily I don't really get much bad stuff said about me - yet."

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