X Factor 2014: Monica Michael reveals tragic death of step brother

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X Factor 2014 hopeful Monica Michael has revealed how her step brother tragically died just weeks after her audition.

On last night's show we saw Monica reduce Cheryl Cole to tears with an original song, Pretty Little Sister, about sibling Natalie.

With four yeses, Monica was told by Simon Cowell: “You are why we make shows like this– to find people like you to give them a break.”

However the highs of getting through soon turned to lows after news that her step brother had passed away after drowning in a hotel pool while on holiday.

18-year-old Savvakis Georgiou died while on a 'lads getaway' in Cyprus.

Monica said today: “It’s hard to believe that he was at my audition and now he is no longer here.

“Sav was a huge, huge fan of The X factor and he always wanted to see the show and how it was run and I was happy that he got to witness my audition before he died."

She admitted: “It was really hard to watch the show on Saturday without him and I just hope that he is at peace in heaven.”

With four yeses, Monica is now through to the Arena auditions, and says she now wants to win the show for her Savvakis.

The X Factor continues tonight at 8PM on ITV.

Browse pictures of last night's X Factor UK auditions below...

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