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Our Melanie wows judges as she wins invite to Kelly's home

X FACTOR hopeful Melanie McCabe proves that hard work and show-stopping talent pay off -- as she sails through to the next stage of the competition.

Dublin singer Melanie (18) is heading to Miami after making it through to the Judges' Houses stage on the X Factor.

And joining her is her new-found pal Janet Devlin from Omagh in Co Tyrone, who has been tipped by the judges as "the one to beat".

Melanie, who performed for over 5,000 people at London's Wembley Arena to win her spot in the next stage, will go to Miami in next week's instalment, where she will perform for Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson to make the live shows.

The teenager from Whitehall in Dublin has become an overnight sensation since wowing the judges during her Manchester audition.

Take That star Gary Barlow said Melanie can go all the way, while fellow newcomer Kelly pointed out her star talent.

"I'm really, really determined, so I know whatever happens people will definitely see more of me," the singer has revealed.

But despite winning over the panel with her voice, Melanie admitted she thought her time was up last weekend and couldn't believe it when Mayo-man Louis Walsh called her name for the next round of the contest.

"It was a really exciting moment when my name was called out," she said.


"Louis called my name out last so I was really thinking 'I'm not through' -- then I nearly died, because I wasn't expecting it.

"I knew that I would have to work hard to get to that level -- I was kind of half expecting and half not expecting to make it to the final round."

As the competition heats up, the four categories -- boys, girls, over-25s and groups -- will take on the Judges' Houses round to avoid getting the axe.

Melanie and Janet said they were delighted to discover they would be mentored by Destiny's Child singer Kelly (left).

"I was thrilled to get Kelly, because she was kind of very driven and passionate, which I am as well."

And she revealed her enthusiasm in representing Ireland in the hit series.

"It's a really good year for the Irish contestants -- there were a lot of Irish in Bootcamp."

Tyrone student Janet has been dubbed 'one to beat' on the series, thanks to her sweet, unique voice.

"Every time she sings it's like I've never heard that song before," Gary said after the 16-year-old's rendition of Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing last night.