Tuesday 20 February 2018

Irish X Factor hopeful Melanie McCabe is tipped to go all the way

2013: Melanie says:
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 trying a new look. 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 wowed 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.
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: 14-year-old Melanie McCabe at home in Dublin.
Melanie McCabe in 2008 when she competed as a 14 year old on X Factor
1993: A two year old Melanie singing in high heels
1993: Baby Melanie and her piercing blue eyes

DUBLIN teen Melanie McCabe is favourite to win X Factor after getting wowing judges on fourth attempt.

The Santry teenager, is taking one last shot at fame after three previous failed attempts to win the hit singing show.

The 19-year-old was watched by millions last night as she wowed the judges and a live audience at Wembley Arena with her version of David Guetta's floorfiller Titanium, to get through to the bootcamp stage of the contest.

All four judges gave her a resounding yes, with Louis Walsh saying: “You’re absolutely amazing.” And telling the crowd: “It's not because she's from Dublin.”

Speaking this morning she admitted the time was right for this attempt: "It was a gamble coming back,  but I had done the Leaving Cert in June and decided to give it one more shot. I passed my exams and am really happy.

" I decided to sing Titanium, sung slowly it is a lot more meaningful."

Having auditioned first for the show at 14, and again in 2011 and also last year, she said she was very anxious last night.

"I was especially nervous, people always expect you to be be better each time."

However, she almost didn't make it, as she told Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio 1 that her mother had told her she couldn't afford the cost of sending her to London to audition again this year.

"I went to my granddad and he paid for the flights. He was delighted I got through and thinks it's all down to him now."

Melanie spent the weekend on social media networks, replying to fans and thanking them for their support.

“Aw tonight's been amazing,never thought I'd get so much love,” she wrote on Saturday night.

And she was overwhelmed with the amount of tweets and messages she received after her live stage audition was screened on Sunday night.

“Ah here im gettin so emosh over all the lovely tweets,” she wrote, “Really, really can't get over the amount of lovely things ur all saying,this is amazing [sic]”

The excited singer is now tipped to win the show, with Paddy Power . " I remember watching X Factor as a child and always my dream to sing on it. "

Now that she is through to boot camp, she cannot reveal what happens."I cant say anything, you have to wait and see."

However she admits that success on the show will go to help her family who are struggling with mortgage payments.

"My family have been so supportive of me over the years. We don't really have a lot of money, like as I'm sure most families don't, but we're losing our house at the moment and I'm kind of at this point in my life when I feel like everything is falling down around me and I just want something good to happen".

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