Monday 18 December 2017

Being kicked out by Kelly was heartbreaking, reveals X Factor reject Sophie

Sophie Habibis
Sophie Habibis

Ejected X Factor contestant Sophie Habibis says it was "heartbreaking" to be voted off by her own mentor Kelly Rowland.

Despite having remained in the US on doctor's orders, viewers heard the former Destiny's Child star vote by phone on Sunday after two of her contestants received the fewest public votes.

Habibis said it was "heartbreaking" but added of Rowland's decision: "At the end of the day she's a judge and she has to do what she's got to do.

"She made her choice and that's that. I've got to deal with it."

The 19-year-old said that she did not "blame" the absent US singer "for anything", adding: "It's not her fault."

She said: "I don't think Mischa (Bryan) deserved to be in the bottom two at all.

"At the end of the day you really have to expect the unexpected. I gave it my best. I love the song that I sang. I wouldn't take it back.

"With Kelly, my biggest concern was her health and things like this you have to deal with".

She denied that she was neglected by Rowland, and that the judge was concentrating her efforts on Bryan.

"It's not true. Kelly divided her time with each of us really, really well. She had a lot of passion for me and she really helped me out. I don't think it was anything like that at all," she said.

The barmaid, from London, who was voted off by all the judges, said that her mentor got it wrong when she said that she would let Habibis go because she did not want to win as much as her rival.

"It's not true. Of course I do really want to be a singer and want to keep going at what I love... but I value her opinion," she said.

She said she will not go back to bar work and will "keep singing".

"I've proved to myself that I can do it. This is just the start and I've got so much more to come", she said.

"It's not the end of me. I keep reminding myself. It was such a great adventure I've been on. I'm still going to keep going at what I love."

Asked about the possibility of seeing Simon Cowell return to the ITV1 show, which was beaten in the ratings by Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend, she said: "I was very eager to see Simon Cowell. I think he's an amazing judge. But at the end of the day I love all the judges that were there."

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