X Factor 2011: Tulisa insists 16 is not too young for the show

Tulisa Contostavlos 2011

X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has insisted that 16-years-old isn't too young to be on the show, following criticism over Luke Lucas' "breakdown" after being told no on Sunday's show. Tulisa, who is only 23 herself, said contestants could "never be too young."

Speaking at the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday night, Tulisa said: "I don't think they can ever be too young. Coming from someone that started with N-Dubz at 11 years old and being let down by record labels from the age of 11 - if I can handle it?

"It's toughened me up. It's made me prepared for how cut-throat this industry really is, and they need a certain amount of training to get into it.

"I think any knock-back is a positive because it just helps you progress and move forward."


Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry agreed, saying: "I think it depends on the individual. Each person handles things differently and I think you don't know until you're in that situation.

"Each bit gets harder and more stressful, and there's no rule book. You've got to go through it and find out what it's like.

"That boy was 16 but he handled pretty well, I thought. He broke down because he didn't get through. Anybody would break down. He's just upset I think."

Despite Luke's upset, both Janet Devlin and Amelia Lily - also 16 - have made The X Factor live shows, and seemed to be coping well when TellyMix met up with them yesterday. Our chats with the girls will be online this weekend.

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