Northern Ireland

Janet Devlin is voted off X Factor

Janet Devlin
Image caption Janet had made it to the last five in the competition

Northern Ireland's only singer left in the X factor competition has failed to make it through to the semi-finals.

Janet Devlin, the 16-year-old singer from Gortin, County Tyrone, was voted off on Sunday night after her mentor Kelly Rowland failed to choose between her and fellow singer Misha B.

Both Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos elected to send Janet home.

When asked afterwards, Gary Barlow said he too would have chosen her to leave.

She had made it to the final five in the singing competition.

Janet wowed the judges at her first audition with Gary Barlow saying her voice gave him "tingles", while Louis Walsh tipped her as "the one to beat".

However, she forgot the words to Hanson's MmmBop during her first performance on Saturday night's show.

Janet's cousin Michael Devlin told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme he felt Louis Walsh, who had been a strong supporter of the singer, did not really have a choice.

"It was Janet or Misha B and Misha B hadn't made any mistakes," he said.

"She looked resigned, I think, at the fact she wasn't going to get past the judges after going into the bottom two."

He said Janet was now looking forward to a career in the music business and eventually writing and recording her own music.

Misha B, Marcus Collins, Amelia Lily and girl group Little Mix remain in with a chance of winning.

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