16-year-old X Factor star Janet Devlin has said she was happy to find out that Simon Cowell wouldn't be a judge on this year's show, saying she thought the music mogul would've hated her voice. The Northern Irish youngster added she was "overwhelmed" by the response to her audition on Saturday night.
More than 11 million viewers watched as Janet effortlessly performed an emotional rendition of Elton John's Your Song, with the judges and audience at London's O2 Arena mesmerised.
New judge Kelly Rowland told her: "Oh my goodness, I am completely entranced by your voice. It is so beautiful. You could have heard a pin drop in here, it was so silent. Because you came in here so nervous, it makes me love you even more. It was a wonderful audition."
Louis Walsh added: "I don’t think you have any idea how good you are, that’s what I like most about you. You’re only 16 and you’ve got this very distinctive voice."
Speaking today, Janet told The Sun: "I was kind of happy Simon wasn't there because I thought he'd hate me.
"Simon always just tells it straight, whether he likes it or not. But then I found out Gary was worse in terms of being honest, although, thankfully, he was good to me."
And she added celebrity support - from the likes of songstress Lilly Allen - was already piling ont he pressure.
"It does put more pressure on, knowing people are saying things like that already," she said.
Meanwhile the teenager admitted to being "overwhelmed" by her overnight success and fame, but revealed to any male admirers she was taken.
Janet added: "[My boyfriend]’s in shock. I missed him when I was away in London but I’m loving the experience. He’s behind me 100%.”
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