Northern Ireland

Omagh teen Janet Devlin wows X Factor judges

Janet Devlin
Image caption Janet Devlin is already a star on YouTube

With three new judges vying for the public's attention, this year's X Factor contestants will have a tough time stealing the spotlight from the new-look panel.

But a 16-year-old singer from Northern Ireland has managed to rise to the occasion.

Millions of viewers saw Omagh schoolgirl Janet Devlin ace her audition when the show returned to TV screens on Saturday.

Her rendition of Ellie Goulding's version of Your Song impressed all of the judges, and in true X Factor fashion, it even reduced one of them to tears.

"I'm completely in a trance. You could hear a pin drop in here," former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland told the teen.

"You are a huge star babe. What a wonderful audition."

Irish winner

Kelly is one of three new faces joining the show along with Take That's Gary Barlow and N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

They replace Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue, who all quit the programme earlier this year.

Image caption Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow

Music mogul Louis Walsh is back in his judge's chair for the eighth time. As always he has pledged to find an Irish winner - which is good news for Janet.

The bright-eyed singer already has a huge following on YouTube, where she regularly posts videos of her favourite cover versions.

She is one of at least four Northern Ireland vocalists due to appear on this year's series. Other performers include Jolene Burns, Niall Sexton and Roger Boyd.

Of course they are not the first singers from these shores to take on TV's toughest talent show. Dungiven teen Eoghan Quigg finished in third place back in 2008.