X Factor 2012: Third time lucky for Melanie McCabe?

Melanie McCabe (X Factor 2011)

X Factor 2012 hopeful Melanie McCabe has said she has a "good feeling" about her chances in the competition this year.

18-year-old [tag t="melanie mccabe"]Melanie[/tag] auditioned for this year's show in Manchester, and hopes this year she'll finally go all the way.

The singer narrowly missed out on the live shows last year and made it to bootcamp aged just 14 in 2008.

Speaking to the Herald this weekend, Melanie revealed: "I just wanted a new image, I didn't want to go back as the same person because I think the judges want you to come back different and fresh.

"I took the bull by the horns and decided to dye my hair brown and dress more like myself -- it definitely went to my advantage."

The Irish singer explained: "My voice and stage presence has improved since last time and I've been getting a lot of stage experience too.

"I've a lot to prove now, there's a lot of expectation, but I'm prepared."

Melanie made it all the way to judges' houses last year, flying out to Miami with girls mentor Kelly Rowland.

But she was cut in the final stages just before the live shows, with Misha B, Janet Devlin, Amelia Lily and Sophie Habibis progressing.

In the interview with the Herald, Melanie insisted: "If I didn't get it this year, I seriously wouldn't go back again -- at this stage it's embarrassing. I wouldn't give up singing, I just wouldn't do the X Factor route."

But she added: "I have a good feeling about it. I know Louis would be really encouraging of me too, he was so upset for me last year."

[cat]The X Factor[/cat] airs on ITV1 this summer.

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