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Janet topped X Factor public vote before poor song choices led to exit

JANET Devlin topped the X Factor vote for four weeks before poor song choices affected her performances.

The Tyrone singer pulled in the most votes for the first four weeks of the live shows and continued to perform well with viewers afterwards -- even though head judge Gary Barlow was critical of her song choices.

On the week she was axed, she forgot the words during her disastrous performance of Hanson's MmmBop -- but she still pulled in more votes than fellow contestant Misha Bryan. That weekend, all judges, bar Janet's mentor Kelly, opted to send the schoolgirl home.

The official voting figures, released yesterday, showed that Janet (17), who left the series in week eight, was championed as the audience favourite on four occasions, more than any other contestant.



Popularity

Figures revealed the teenager ranked in the top two acts on others weeks before finally dropping to third place in week seven, when she sang Sixpence None The Richer's Kiss Me for movies week.

However, her popularity waned following her hiccup during the guilty pleasures/heroes round which saw her sing MmmBop.

The flame-haired teen fell down the rankings after that performance and was ultimately voted off on the quarter-final results show.

Janet was sent packing when her mentor Kelly Rowland refused to choose between herself and Misha B (19).

However, the schoolgirl may have succeeded all the way to the last two hopefuls, as numbers now state that she had won 18.3pc of the vote, while Manchester's Misha only scraped in 14.5pc.

After her disastrous rendition of the 90s track, a song which she chose herself, the redhead admitted to feeling as if she would throw up on stage and consequently, she missed her cue.



Bored

"I knew the public were losing interest in me and I had started to feel like my time to leave was coming," Janet told the Herald.

"I'm glad my fans didn't vote, I would've felt guilty for taking someone else's space in the semi-final.

"I was getting bored of myself and I could tell the viewers were too."

Furthermore, the singer was predicted by all four judges, as well as the show's presenter, as the act with the winning ticket from early on -- prior to category selections.

Janet wowed crowds with her unique voice during auditions and sailed into the live rounds, beating thousands of other hopefuls.

labutler@herald.ie


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