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Sunday 19 August 2018

I made a mistake dumping Janet from show - Cowell

IRISH X Factor hopeful Janet Grogan has descibed the way she was booted off the show as "brutal", but said she is "delighted" that pop mogul Simon Cowell has admitted that axing her was a "mistake".

Janet (26) from Kingswood in Tallaght earned one of Simon's six seats for the over 25s with her rendition of Beyonce's Crazy in Love, only to lose it to the very last performer in her category, mum and carer Helen Fulthorpe (34).

Simon gave Helen a seat and initially asked Lizzy Pattinson (sister of Robert Pattinson) to stand up.

But then he did a U-turn, saying he was listening to the audience and asked Lizzy to sit down and Janet to leave instead, to be replaced by Helen. A devastated Janet walked from the stage to be embraced by host Dermot O'Leary.

Last night, however, Cowell admitted he had made a mistake, tweeting, "I should have kept Janet. My mistake."

Janet this morning said she was "delighted" that he realised the error.

And she told how the new chair process being used on the show to assign singers to the judges' houses stage is particularly tough for contestants but said it is "very true to the music industry".

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"You can be given something and it's taken away from you the next second," she explained.

"It has happened so many times to me. I think that the people in the crowd forget the person on stage is a human being," she added.

"That was the hardest part for me, that the crowd forgot I was a human for a second. They wanted Lizzie or Stevi (Richie) kept and it's brutal but that's just the way it is.

"Some people like you, some don't. But reading some of the comments on the internet now kind of makes me think it wasn't the right decision."

Janet was gracious towards her rivals.

"Lizzie is great, I'm really fond of her, I really clicked with her and I think she's brilliant, fair play to her," she said.

Janet has vowed that she is going to "just keep going, keep singing, keep writing".

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