The X Factor 2011: Youngsters set to dominate the competition!

Janet Devlin X Factor 2011

The X Factor 2011 is a competition open to anyone aged 16 and above, and this year a new generation of 16 and 17 year olds are waiting for their chance to shine. With a number of top youngsters already making it through - including favourites Janet Devlin and Luke Lucas, the teenagers are set to dominate this year.

Last weekend’s show saw a host of new young talent take to the stage on the show.

16-year-old hopeful Lemuel explained: "I’ve been watching the show ever since it first started, right from the beginning and I’ve been waiting eight years, now that I’m 16 it’s finally my chance and I’m so excited!"

Performing Jessie J's Do It Like A Dude, Kelly Rowland said "I thought you and your voice my dear are complete stars."

Gary Barlow added: "Lem, I though your voice was absolutely terrific, yes from me."

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Other youngsters who have managed to impress the judges have included Max Mackay, 16, who impressed Tulisa with his cover of John Legend's Ordinary People.

This weekend sees an X Factor 2011 double bill, with yet more young stars set to impress the judges, including our personal favourites [tag]Melance McCabe[/tag] who performed in Manchester, as well as 17-year-old Lauren Rammell.

Gary Barlow said of this year's young hopefuls: “I think it’s really interesting this year that the most promising of all the talent is the 16 and 17-year-olds.

“I think they are the best, the most exciting and the true future of this show and this format.

“I look at the people we’ve got here today and I think we’ve got some really fantastic talent.”

He added: "It’s almost like they’ve made themselves into the best artist for the show. It’s incredible, you can’t believe they’re 16 or 17."

The X Factor continues on Saturday and Sunday.

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