X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson doesn't want sympathy votes

Ella Henderson (The X Factor 2012)

X Factor singing sensation Ella Henderson has said she doesn't want the sympathy vote from viewers.

The teenager has given some very emotional performances, dedicated to her late grandad, but insisted she doesn't want viewers feeling sorry for her.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ella explained how her songwriting has been inspired by her grandad's passing.

“One day I was on the piano and was feeling very angry and emotional, I was having a down day," she told the newspaper. “I started trying to write down lyrics and I got a melody in my head.

"Then I realised I was using this raw emotion from when I didn’t get to say goodbye to my grandad.

“He died in the middle of the night from lung cancer when I was nine. I have a fear of hospitals so I didn’t ever want to go and see him in there like that."

The 16-year-old continued: "I didn’t go to his funeral either because I was so young and I look back on that now with regret.

“The funeral was up in Scotland and I haven’t been there to see his gravestone either. Now I am older I need to go up there to say my goodbyes to him."

But Ella added: “I don’t want to use missing him as a sympathy vote, it is not that at all. I just want to talk about it, and about using that emotion.”

The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday night on ITV1, with the results show following on Sunday night with performances from Taylor Swift and Rebecca Ferguson.

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