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Photos don't lie... X Factor Janet has always been a star

IRISH X Factor teen Janet Devlin was destined to be a star and these are the photos that prove it.

Sporting blonde curls and a big smile, Tyrone-native Janet looks more than happy to pose for the camera and has been practising since she was a toddler.

As pictured here, photos obtained by the Herald show off the talented singer in her early years and give the Devlinators a glimpse of their teen idol growing up.

The personal photos show the schoolgirl playing outdoors near her Gortin home, sitting proudly holding the steering wheel on an old tractor and playing in a ball pool as a three-year-old.

In another family snap, fans see a more feminine side of the Omagh schoolgirl, as she looks like a young Shirley Temple.

Janet appears picture perfect as she wears a pretty, flower-print dress and has her blonde locks framing her petite face while playing with a train set.

She will be hoping to continue her drive in the right direction this weekend, as she takes to the stage to perform for the third live final of Simon Cowell's hit TV3 series.

Breaking away from her usual style, the singer will perform a rock anthem for up to 20 million viewers, as part of the rock-and-roll-themed show on Saturday.

After dipping to second place in bookmakers favourites to win the 2011 X Factor crown, audiences have yet to see Janet tackle a more hard-hitting song, with the budding popstar belting out softer ballads such as Your Song and Elvis's Can't Help Falling In Love on the contest so far.

lbutler@herald.ie