Friday 25 May 2018

Janet Devlin is far from word perfect, but X Factor wants her back

X Factor contestant Janet Devlin
X Factor contestant Janet Devlin

Ann Madden

Janet Devlin’s X Factor dream remains on track despite her worst performance yet on the live show.

The Gortin teenager was visibly upset after forgetting the words of the Jackson Five’s I Want You Back on Saturday night’s show.

She also came in for criticism from the judges — but the viewers last night voted to keep the flame-haired 16-year-old in the ITV show and put her through to the final seven.

Janet escaped having to sing for survival after boyband The Risk, Johnny Robinson and Kitty Brucknell finished in the bottom three.

The Tyrone teenager’s tense expression melted into a huge beam when she realised she had made it into the final seven.

But there were gasps of shock in the auditorium for The Risk, who were first to be booted off the show.

The judges then voted off the oldest contestant, 45-year-old Londoner Johnny Robinson, in order to keep 26-year-old blonde Kitty Brucknell.

Although Janet had been widely tipped to win The X Factor, she fell foul of the judges on Saturday night.

Just 55 seconds into the Jackson Five classic the Gortin teenager forgot the words.

Although the teenager made a good recovery she was criticised by the judges, who had urged her the previous week to “step outside her comfort zone”.

Tulisa Contostavlos told Janet on Saturday night: “I know I put pressure on you saying I’d like to see you do something uptempo, but I’m starting to see that you’ve kind of got your own style and it’s unique.

“Watching you do something else tonight made me think you should stick to what you know. You looked a bit uncomfortable.”

Janet was also rapped by judge Gary Barlow after it emerged she had picked her own song, outfit and stage show.

The Take That star said: “For me, that performance just wasn’t right. I thought, vocally, it was really weak, I think you completely lost your identity and I think coming back next week you have to stick with Kelly, let her mentor you, because she knows where you should be going.”

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