Tuesday 16 January 2018

No more white van woman for Shelley

Shelley Smith was voted out of The X Factor
Shelley Smith was voted out of The X Factor

Shelley Smith has vowed she won't be going back to driving a van after her X Factor exit.

The single mum-of-one was voted out of the ITV singing contest last night after her performance of Beyonce's Single Ladies on Saturday, but said it wasn't the end of performing for her.

Asked what she would be doing next, she said: "Hopefully doing something that isn't van-driving. I'd like to still be singing, I'd like to still be performing.

"I don't know what's going to happen, I'm just going to get over the last 24 hours and see wherever it takes me now."

Shelley, who turned 35 on Saturday and was mentored by Sharon Osbourne, had been suffering with an ear infection and virus that almost stopped her from competing at the weekend.

Of her song choice, which was criticised by judges Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger, she said: "The show picks your songs for you, they challenge you.

"Single Ladies, I think it's a cracking song. I've never sung it in my life. It was a challenge dancing around the stage and running round like a lunatic after being ill, but I loved it."

Shelley said she could understand why Kingsland Road, who she faced in the sing off, were chosen to stay.

"I knew I was going home. Kingsland Road are young, gorgeous, lovely, down-to-earth, genuinely amazing guys, really talented and they've got so much more to give.

"I'm not saying I don't because I've got lots to give, but I think for the show, I get why they were chosen over me."

Shelley also confirmed that Abi Alton was on the mend after she fell down stairs and was taken to hospital: "She's fine. She was very shaken up, her back's very sore, but I got a little smile out of her last night."

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