Sunday 21 January 2018

What does Melanie's Dublin fashion show performance mean for her X Factor fate?

Melanie McCabe
Melanie McCabe
X Factor finalist Melanie McCabe in 2011
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish singer Melanie McCabe performed at last night's Arnotts new season fashion show, but does this mean she's made it to the live shows?

She's been billed as the one to watch on this year's X Factor.

Teenager Melanie McCabe  (19) from Santry in Dublin has been given significant airtime in the brand new series, with the story of her singing to save her home reducing Louis Walsh to tears and making countless headlines.

And it seemed as if it was going to be a case of fourth time lucky for the determined songstress, who hasn't given up on her X Factor dreams, despite the fact that she hasn't advanced to the live shows in the three series' in which she's auditioned.

But last night, Melanie shocked fashionistas when she performed at the Arnotts Autumn/Winter Fashion Show on Henry Street, where she was heavily protected by a security detail.

McCabe was escorted to the show floor by a bodyguard and her agent, where she performed just one song, Emile Sande's 'Clown'.

Melanie McCabe during the Judge's Houses stage of the ITV talent show, The X Factor. Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire
Melanie McCabe during the Judge's Houses stage of the ITV talent show, The X Factor. Tom Dymond/ITV/PA Wire
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 kitting herself out with a whole new wardrobe. 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 impressed 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.
2010: 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: Melanie impressed all of the judges and got the thumbs up from Simon Cowell.
2011: 14-year-old Melanie McCabe pictured at home in Whitehall after her audition on X Factor, the following year entry age was raised to 16.
1993: A two-year-old Melanie shows she was destined for the stage from an early age
Melanie and her baby blue eyes

"Melanie's visit was top secret," an insider explained.

"She was escorted by security before and after her performance, and she left immediately after singing.

"No one was allowed to take photos of her at the event, either of her posing or singing, and she was forbidden from speaking to anyone at the event, whether they were journalists or fans."

Traditionally, X Factor contestants who have made the live shows are guarded under lock and key and their public appearance are restricted.

However, the fact that she was accompanied by an agent and security detail, and was so heavily protected from media scrutiny, suggests she may still be in with a shot.

Viewers saw Melanie advance to the bootcamp stage of the competition and it's being reported that she once again made it to judges houses (where Kelly Rowland famously cut her at the last minute in 2011).

Last Saturday night, she was watched by millions 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 after her fourth X Factor audition, Melanie said; "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."


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