ONCE again, Ireland has made it to the X Factor finals, with schoolgirl Janet Devlin now a 5 -2 favourite to win X Factor.
Devlin wept with joy as she was told by mentor Kelly Rowland that she had made it into her final four for the live finals. Rowland told the 16-year-old Omagh schoolgirl: “You bring something special to this competition. Your innocence and how vulnerable you are.
“When I saw you for the first time the world was still. But I need confidence from you for the live shows.
“Each week it is going to get harder and more intense. I want you to raise your confidence. I need you to believe in yourself.”
Afterwards Janet phoned her mother Patricia in Omagh and broke the news to her on the phone. She said: “This is the start of being taken seriously as a musician.
Meanwhile, it was bad news for Melanie McCabe, the Dublin schoolgirl who was told by Rowland that she was going home. The 18-year-old broke down as Rowland told her: “You have a beautiful voice, and you’re very focused, you follow every rule there is and you do a lot of thinking. At the same time you need to let yourself go. I have to say no.”
At Gary Barlow’s judge’s house in LA, John Wilding has missed out for a second time in his bid to be a star on the X Factor.
The Essex teenager lost a battle with Frankie Cocozza for a place in the live stage.
Gary Barlow, who had to decide who goes through, told Wilding: "There are singers in this category who aren't half as good as you, but touch me more. I'm so sorry mate, you're not in my final four."
Wilding, who has already said he could not put himself through the ordeal a third time, said: "I think that's it for me now."
Barlow told Cocozza: "Frankie, you are my pop star, mate, you're through to my final four. I am not going to lose you. Mate, congratulations."
Frankie wept, saying: "I can't believe it, it's the most unbelievable feeling in the world."
Barlow's other choices as the final 32 acts were whittled down to 16 were Craig Colton, Marcus Collins and James Michael.
Groups chosen in Greece by Tulisa Contostavlos were 2 Shoes, Rhythmix, Nu Vibe and The Risk. Girls chosen in Miami by Kelly Rowland were Misha Bryan, Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Amelia Lily. The over-25s chosen in Barcelona by Louis Walsh were Sami Brookes, Kitty Brucknell, Jonjo Kerr and Johnny Robinson.
Brookes was put through after Walsh’s first choice eccentric Goldie pulled out. Louis’ choices came in for a lot of criticism on Twitter last night, with one comment saying:” Louis’s line up looks like the cast of Toy Story.”