X Factor 2011: Michelle Barrett's audition leaves Tulisa in tears

Michelle Barrett (X Factor 2011)

31-year-old Michelle Barrett had new X Factor judge Tulisa in tears on tonight's show, with the Irish singer reminding her of her own mum. The emotional scenes even had us reaching for the tissues, as an emotional Tulisa explained about her mother's dreams to become a singer.

Michelle said before her audition: "I’m a full time mummy. I have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. It’s the most fantastic job in the world, singing it really is in my blood, I’ve always wanted to do it, since I was really small, but having 4 kids, you think that’s it, that’s the end of that but I never gave up on it, I never put it to bed, for good.

"My family are brilliant, they’ve always said you should go on X Factor and for years I said, yeah yeah, but I think the time is right now, that I could pursue it you know? For me to make a better life for me and Steven and the kids doing what I absolutely love. I’m getting a bit emotional! It would be just incredible. I don’t think I will get this opportunity ever again, Please God I hold it together and do it well!"

After a brilliant performance of All the man I need by Whitney Houston, Michelle's tales of having to forgo her dreams because of children had Tulisa in tears.

With Kelly comforting her, Tulisa said: "You remind me of my mum. It was brilliant. Just like you she had such a beautiful voice and she didn’t do anything with it, and you guys are going think I’m nuts, sorry, this is a mummy and daughter thing going on.


"It’s just, you know, like standing in the kitchen listening to her sing, she just had the most amazing voice…. and I wish she would do something like this and get up and… go on you guys take it for a sec. "

In tears, she continued: "Me and my mum have got this really powerful relationship - she’s the reason that I sing. She had the most powerful voice and never did anything with it - you know, she had me, she became unwell and then you know, she spent her life still singing in the kitchen, and I wish she’d got up and done that because she has a voice just like that. Amazing. I can’t believe I just got that emotional."

When it came to the voting, it was an easy decision for the judges. "[tag]Michelle Barrett[/tag]... yes!" started Louis.

With Gary, Kelly and Tulisa following suit, it's off to bootcamp for the mother-of-four...

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