Friday 6 December 2019

I don’t like the X Factor, says former hopeful Melanie as she eyes success in States

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
Melanie McCabe, the Irish ex-'X Factor' hopeful
Former X Factor contestant, Melanie McCabe performs for children at the Celebrity Ward Walk at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins.
Ireland’s Melanie McCabe breaks down onstage in the X Factor bootcamp.
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Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Melanie McCabe has revealed how she hasn’t watched any of this year’s X Factor as she doesn’t like the show.

The 20-year-old may have competed four times to appear on the ITV programme but she told the Diary how she has no fondness for the talent show.

“No, I haven’t been watching it. I don’t like X Factor,” she said. “Everyone thinks it’s mad when I say that but I just went on it to further my career.

“The only year that I watched it was when Leona Lewis was on it in the second series. It’s nothing against X Factor but I don’t watch that much TV anyway, I don’t have one in my room or anything.”

Last year she vowed never again to enter the show after being turned down for the fourth time by Nicole Scherzinger (inset).

This was despite show producers getting her hopes up that she would finally make it through to the live shows in 2013.

Admitting she cried for about 10 minutes after being given a ‘no’ decision, she’s adamant she still has no regrets about going on programme.

“I don’t regret any of it, no. It has really helped my career. I sing because I love it, it’s what I love doing and it wasn’t about getting on a TV show for me,” she continued.

Melanie has also indicated that she would love to head to America in the long-term but she’s “not going for a good while”.

She’s now come back on the scene with a bang, given that she has teamed up with Lillies Bordello veteran DJ Tommy Stewart to lend her vocals to a new dance track.

The new release was launched on Friday night with well-known faces such as Karena Graham, Rachel Wallace and Bono’s best pal Guggi in attendance. Entitled Day by Day, Melanie said she was delighted to get the call to come on board.

“Tommy said to me: ‘I have this song and I’d love you to try it out and you don’t have to commit to anything.’ I listened to it and I really liked it.

“It’s great because dance music is so in at the moment and the song is quite summery,” she said.

She has had a busy weekend, performing at the Cork Opera House as well as the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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