TOWIE star Amy Childs has given her backing to X Factor's Rylan Clark.
23-year-old Rylan performed Kissing You by Des’ree for the judges on the auditions earlier this month.
However his performance split the judges, with Gary Barlow saying: "Rylan, love your personality, hate your voice, really strange song choice as well."
However Rylan made it through to bootcamp, with guest judge Rita Ora remarking: "You know what, you are really really fun and I want to see what else you got. I’m a Rylan fan."
Writing in her column in new! magazine this week, Amy revealed she was pals with Rylan.
"I met him about eight months ago because he is one of Harry [Derbidge]'s friends and he told me he was auditioning," she explained.
The girl who introduced us to vajazzling went on: "Ever since, he has been coming into my salon for treatments and has even been buying my dresses for his mum."
She admitted: "I thought his audition was OK, but I think he chose the wrong song. Ive actually head him sing in Harry's shop and he sounded so much better.
"I'm sure he'll be great at bootcamp and I hip he gets through to the judges' houses stage."
The X Factor 2012 auditions conclude this Saturday and Sunday on ITV1.