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Our Melanie joins rejects on rival single for charity

DUBLIN X Factor contestant Melanie McCabe is teaming up with other rejects to launch a rival single.

Former Over 25s hopeful Terry Winstanley and his 'Wow Factor' group want to rival the 16 acts that made it to the live rounds of the ITV series with an alternative Christmas charity song.

The finalists have recorded a version of Rose Royce's Wishing On A Star in aid of a children's charity, while the Wow Factor are releasing Make Love Not War, a track penned by 51-year-old Terry.

Whitehall girl Melanie (18), told the Herald she's delighted to back with her X Factor pals. She said: "I've been in London since Wednesday and I'm having a great time. I haven't seen a lot of them since bootcamp so we're having so much fun practising and performing together."

The 12 acts, which include Jade Richards, The Keys, Joe Cox and Luke Lucas came together for the first time last night at a sell-out gig in Terry's hometown of Worthing, West Sussex.


The singers, who were all booted out at the judges' houses stage of the competition took to the stage once again to perform three songs each, for up to 1,000 fans at Worthing's local theatre.

Schoolgirl Melanie took on belting numbers by Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, before joining her pals for a rendition of Make Love Not War.

"I wrote the song over 20 years ago, but jazzed it up and made it current recently," Terry, who was booted out of the competition by Mayo-man Louis Walsh, told the Herald.

"I felt sorry for everyone who didn't get through so decided to get us all together again -- it's been great catching up."

The mixed group of singers are hoping to release the tune later this month in aid of favoured X Factor organisation Help for Heroes.

"Hopefully we'll meet in the middle with the finalists," Terry said, adding that Wow Factor is not waging war with the X Factor finalists.

"We wish them all the best obviously and we have total respect for Gary and the judges -- we just wanted to do something fun," he said.