Thursday 26 April 2018

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

Melanie McCabe made it to Judge's Houses stage of The X Factor
Melanie McCabe made it to Judge's Houses stage of The X Factor
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Melanie McCabe during the Judge's Houses stage of the ITV talent show, The X Factor. Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire
Melanie McCabe during the Judge's Houses stage of the ITV talent show, The X Factor. Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire
2013: Melanie says: "I think it's the only thing I've ever been good at. I feel like the person I'm supposed to be when I sing."
2013: Melanie McCabe wowed the live audience at Wembley with her version of 'Titanium'
2013: Melanie McCabe during the auditions on Saturday night where she sang Rihanna's 'Diamonds'
2012: Melanie revamped her look by dyeing her hair brown and kitting herself out with a whole new wardrobe. But, unfortunately, she failed to make it beyond bootcamp.
2011: Melanie McCabe wowed new judge Gary Barlow who tipped her to win the content. “There’s one Irish girl that I think can go all the way to the end.”
2011: 17- year-old Melanie impressed the judges singing Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’.
2011: Melanie is sent home at judges' houses stage after Kelly Rowland said she wasn’t ready for the live finals.
2011: Melanie had been due to join Jedward at the Eurovision as one of their backing singers but had to pull out due to a throat infection.
2010: Melanie McCabe at a fashion event in Dublin.
2008: 14-year-old Melanie's audition impressed the judges, but Cheryl Cole thought she was too young and not yet ready for a career in the music business
2008: Melanie impressed all of the judges and got the thumbs up from Simon Cowell.
2011: 14-year-old Melanie McCabe pictured at home in Whitehall after her audition on X Factor, the following year entry age was raised to 16.
1993: A two-year-old Melanie shows she was destined for the stage from an early age
Melanie and her baby blue eyes

"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."

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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