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Kelly didn't ditch X Factor girls for her LA trip after row

THE mum of X Factor star Janet Devlin has jumped to the defence of judge Kelly Rowland saying she did not ditch her acts for a trip to LA.

Patricia Devlin said Janet and fellow contestants Misha B and Sophie Habibas were aware of the 30-year-old's business plans in Los Angeles and have been in constant contact with their mentor.

"We spoke with Kelly last weekend after the show and she was lovely," the proud mum said.

"She was very positive about Janet and said that she's a dream to work with," said Patricia, who added that the Commander singer informed her acts and their families of her scheduled trip.

"It wasn't a shock to us when the news hit because we were aware Kelly was away - she hasn't abandoned them at all, as far as I'm aware Janet and the girls have been talking with her a lot on Skype.

"It was made to look like she left because of the supposed friction with Tulisa on Saturday's show, but that wasn't the case.

"It's not a big deal - besides, we saw Louis Walsh in the airport coming home for a few days as well, but no one made a fuss about that."

Kelly took to her Twitter after Saturday's live round to defend 19-year-old Manchester native Misha B, after she was branded a bully on air.

"I just want everyone to know that Misha B is one of the most gracious and humble girls I know, as are Janet Devlin and Sophie Habibas," she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Janet is hoping to cast a spell on viewers on this week's live show.

The relatives of the Tyrone singer will be dressing up for 'fright night' on the series tomorrow in London and mum Patricia revealed she can't wait to see Janet tackle the horror theme.

"She had a fantastic time doing a rock song, it's right up her street - so she's looking forward to taking on something similar tomorrow, she really enjoys dressing up," 47-year-old Patricia told the Herald, who said that Janet impersonated popstar Lady Gaga for a party last year with friends.

"She went all out with a pure white wig with a fringe and a blue-feathered outfit and it looked great -- maybe we'll see that side come out again."